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Issue: December 2010
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces


Bisbee’s Buzz

Words of wisdom for changes and developments in communications MACRO scope.

CATZ words of wisdom – Dec. 2010

My friends call me CATZ. That’s short for “Cabling from A To Z”. I have been involved in telecommunications industry for more than 40 years. During the past two decades, we have seen more changes and advancements than occurred in all recorded history. It is a thrilling time to be involved in shaping the future. We tackle the challenges of “do it now”. The improbable we do right away, but the impossible will take a couple of weeks longer.

From time to time, I am going to share my thoughts on cyberspace and more importantly I may tell you something that will help you be more successful. I'll start with a little history and trivia.

In 1968, three things happened that set the stage for cyberspace:

1. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Carterphone Decision, that stripped the Operating Telephone Companies of control over what communications systems could connect to the telephone network. Prior to the Carterphone Decision, if you tried to connect your own equipment, the OTC just refused to provide you with lines to the network. Before this decision, the choices of telecommunications equipment were controlled by the OTC (with a iron fist). Competition and advancements were rare unless it improved the OTC’s bottom line.

2. Congress enacted a bill to create a military communication network.  It was named ARPNET.  This provided seed money for what became the Internet.  (Who says the government is always wrong?)

3. Bell Labs (AT&T) was asked to create a switching system for voice and data transmissions, they said it was not feasible.  MIT was also approached with the same challenge. Some professors formed a company which developed the packet switcher; ergo…the Internet became possible.

The exploration of Cyberspace

The future includes Cyberspace.  In spite of a droopy economy, 2010 Christmas sales on the Internet increased 18%, while “brick and mortar” store sales were flat.

Virtually, every major news source is available on the Internet for free. Current readership is now measured in “page views” as well as subscribers. Information on Internet based sources now attract more readers than the traditional print channels.  This tells me the “experts” failed to understand or to anticipate the speed of acceptance of the Internet as a information resource. It is possible to become fully fossilized in less than a decade. The Information Age is unstoppable and the social and professional changes are coming at us at the speed of light (probably on fiber optic cabling). Keeping up is a undeniable challenge.

IN PRINT

Printing and mailing costs for brochures, newsletters, mass mailings, etc. have become a questionable investment.  Some commercials can even be run for free on the Internet on sites like: Youtube and Facebook.  A good message can go “viral” and be viewed by hundreds of millions.  This opportunity is something a small company could not afford before!

In the current media environment, many publications have suffered from declining advertisement, increased costs of production and distribution costs. However, the best of the best magazines continue to flourish and grow. The content quality and versatility of their distribution channels have created a new super hybrid in the world of trade publications. These publications have incorporated print, video, on-line regular materials along with their internet website specials. Webinars have seen a major acceptance as the publications mix training with a commercial message of value. Several publications that we have followed over the past five years have seen a growth in readership of more than 400%.

Samuel Colt’s 45 made all men equal

Samuel Colt’s 45 made all men equal and now cyberspace can make even small companies equal.  All that is needed is creativity, knowledge, skill, and that special magic of luck and timing. The Internet opens media doors that were previously open to only the players with deep pockets. catz@wireville.com

We agree that the rules are changing and the value of integrated communications and information transport continue to increase.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee
"Heard On The Street" Monthly Column
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Megladon® Announces New Product Upgrades for CATV Node Tails with HLC® SCRATCHGUARD® Terminations Sold Exclusively Through Draka Communications

Austin, Texas, December 4, 2010 – Megladon Manufacturing Group announced product upgrades to the line of CATV Node Tails sold exclusively through Draka Communications. The original product combined the bend insensitive qualities of Draka’s BendBright XS SM glass with Megladon’s HLC Scratchguard terminations. Integrating these two unique technologies has provided the fiber optic market with a superior product that minimizes insertion loss, optical return loss and bend loss while improving overall durability and reliability.

The announced product line upgrade deals specifically with the harsh outdoor conditions that these assemblies encounter. The normal anodized aluminum entry connector has been replaced with a brass product that prevents corrosion and surface deterioration at a higher level. In addition, the PVC furcation tubing on standard node tails has been replaced with a Hytrel product that creates significant protection against the temperature cycling many areas in the US experience. Temperature cycling is one of the primary causes of in-field broken glass and intermittent failures.

With the growing video on demand and streaming video content on the web, a need arises for the highest quality fiber optic products capable of delivering reliable performance. Industry leaders and providers are having to transition into a more competent infrastructure to conform to the now industry standard of high performance fiber optic networks.

Megladon’s SM APC HLC SCRATCHGUARD fiber optic terminations are ideally equipped for network installers that are utilizing high speed video networks. The HLC technology provides mating surface durability and low loss; paired with an Angle Polish Connector we now have a product that significantly reduces reflection, cutting down on interruptions in any given network.

“Since partnering with Megladon to offer scratch-resistant HLC technology in our CATV node cables last year, Draka has secured several key CATV accounts including several top MSO’s.  The technological superiority of this optical endface coupled with BendBright-XS bend insensitive fiber has generated significant inquiries about Draka’s advanced node cable assemblies for today's rigorous communications environments”, said Greg Williams, Marketing Director, Draka Public Networks.

“We have continued to improve our CATV node tail offering”, stated John Culbert, President of Megladon. “We began with the integration of Draka’s BendBright XS glass and Megladon’s HLC terminations. Now with the addition of a new entry connector and hytrel furcation tubing, this is a product that can withstand extreme conditions. The MSOs are deploying this product with a new level of confidence.”

For more information, please contact Draka’s National Sales Manager - CATV, Jack Graves at jack.graves@ draka.com or download a node cable spec sheet at www.drakaamericas.com/catv_connectorized_cable.cfm.

Megladon® Manufacturing Group Ltd., a subsidiary of TyRex Group Ltd.®, is recognized as a leader in the fiber optic marketplace. Founded in 1997, Megladon made it their mission to provide customers with fiber optic products that far exceed industry standards to meet current requirements. As technology innovators, Megladon created the HLC® (Hardened Lens Contact) SCRATCHGUARD® termination, which has changed the market and taken it to the next level. For additional information on Megladon and their patented processes please visit the company’s website at www.megladonmfg.com.

For additional information regarding Megladon’s variety of fiber optic products please contact John Culbert at 512.615.4687 or by email at scratchguard@megladonmfg.com.

 

2010 NECA SHOW SURVEY REVEALS AUDIENCE POWER

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has completed tabulating the survey results from the October 2-5 2010 NECA Convention & Show.  Attendees were queried onsite during the Boston Convention & Exposition Center (BCEC), and through a post-show online survey.   “The results are in and clearly the NECA Show is where the key players in the electrical construction industry come for industry knowledge and to find the products and solutions they need on the job”, said Beth Ellis, NECA Executive Director, Conventions – Expositions.

Here are some of the stunning results:

ü72% of NECA Show attendees are Owners / Key Executives / Project Managers

ü75% of NECA Show attendees report that they are either the “Final Decision-maker” for the purchase of new products and services or they are “Part of the Decision-making Team”

ü99% of NECA Show attendees were “Very Satisfied” or “Satisfied” with their 2010 NECA Show experience

ü72% of NECA Show attendees DO NOT attend any other trade show

 The top three reasons for “attending NECA 2010 Boston
           
üLooking for new Products & Services
           
üNetworking with industry colleagues
           
üLooking for new answers to this tough economy

When NECA Show attendees were asked, “What type of work does your firm do?”, the broad categories resulted in 83% do Inside work and 54% do Outside work.   They further identified their work to include: Inside:  49% VDV/Low Voltage and 49% Energy Efficiency work
Outside:  14% Transmission work; 33% Distribution; 38% Underground; 28% Substation work

The next NECA Convention & Show  will be held in San Diego, October 22-25, 2011 at the San Diego Convention Center.  Check frequently for updated details at www.necaconvention.org.  

NECA is the voice of the electrical construction industry.  NECA has provided over a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. Learn more at www.necanet.org.

 

2010 Year in Review - BICSI President, 2010-2011

As an organization, BICSI leads the information technology industry (ITS) in excellence through education, publications, standards, credentials and more. BICSI is a volunteer-driven organization, and when you have volunteers who are so dedicated and passionate about their work and the organization they work for, you have the foundation and keys to success.

When you look at all the negatives in 2010 that could have held us back and/or deter us from being successful such as the recession, global financial meltdowns and membership retention, it is easy to see how those factors could impact our Strategic Planning; however, this is far from the truth. A look back at 2010 will show what a successful year it was for BICSI, its volunteers and our members. We didn’t allow the economy to slow or alter our way of thinking regarding our Strategic Plan. We continued to work on enhancing our core offerings.  In this edition of the 2010 year in review, you will see what we have done to enhance BICSI this year and give you a taste of what we plan to do to help shape BICSI in 2011.

Strategic Plan

In November 2009, the Board of Directors met with key BICSI staff members to review and revise our Board Strategic Plan. After the Strategic Plan was approved by the Board in March 2010, we took the very heart of our Strategic Plan and routed the high priority items to the various groups (staff, committees, region directors, international community, etc.). These groups have worked very hard to get those tasks completed or started in 2010, paving the path to our successful year.

The BICSI Board Strategic Plan is the road map to success in the future. I am proud to say that the Board, volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that we stay focused on our Strategic Plan and that we use all the necessary resources to make sure we achieve success.

The following are some of the successes we have achieved in 2010.

Content Delivery

·         Cutting-edge Technology—Based on the Board Strategic Plan, BICSI Executive Director and CEO, John D. Clark Jr., CAE, has started a Technology Review Task Force (TRTF) to review existing meeting technologies. The mission here is to increase efficiency and advance global access. The TRTF has started to evaluate Virtual Technology as a means of using new  to hold meetings globally.

·         Distance E-learning: Online, Instructor-led Training; Video Webcasting—BICSI is continuously re-evaluating BICSI CONNECT, our Web-based training network, to expand our course offerings. We have previously provided an online, instructor-led class and are planning to do this again in the future. We are also looking to add video segments to future courses, with interactive/visual upgrades. The following are some examples of the courses we will roll out in 2011 using this new technology:

-          DD200 - Online Instructor Led and face-to-face

-          DC100 – Web based training (first time for an introductory course to be web based)

-          T3 (Train the Trainer) – Video Webcasting

-          E-books for Standards and Publications—BICSI is in the early stages of evaluating operating systems and compatibility in terms of delivery methods to smart phones and e-books. We to launch this capability in the very near future.

·         Computer-based Testing—The Registration and Specialties Supervision Committee and the Board have approved to move forward with computer-based testing. We plan to launch this new facet of testing in 2011. BICSI also plans to translate the 12th edition of the TDMM, as well as both the RCDD and RITP exams, into Spanish and Japanese.

·         Mobile Hands-on and Instructional Training for Installers and Technicians—We have two mobile units in North America and a container unit for international use. Much like a suitcase course, we are able to deliver global training using mobile units. We are in the process of running two beta installer/technician training programs; one in India and one in Australia. This is very exciting for BICSI as we need to be mobile for our global partners

Localization & Globalization

·         E3—Enhanced Education & Exhibits—We kick-started the E3—Enhanced Education & Exhibits at the 2010 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. We had two areas partitioned off in the Exhibit Hall to serve as classrooms where vendors could demonstrate with a live interactive and hands-on presentation for 30 minutes to about 20 members per session. Designed to allow the members an opportunity to for hands-on terminations, testing, labeling and more from participating manufacturers. This new facet of the Exhibit Hall allows full conference registrants the opportunity to earn CECs, adding to the value of the registration.

·         Conference CECs for Designers—At the Fall Conference, your Board voted and approved to apply the same percentage of CECs as the RCDD for all Designers at any approved BICSI conference (U.S. or global). The Board recognized that there are many references to design concepts/basics within many of the presentations given at any particular conference, even though they may not be directly related to that Designer’s area of expertise. Since the design basics are present throughout the conference program, it is logical to award Designers the same amount of CECs proportionate to those awarded to RCDDs for conference presentations.

·         Translations—We have initiatives set in place to begin translating some BICSI materials, which will help us to grow and succeed on a global level. As stated above, we are starting with Spanish translations and adding Japanese translations in 2011. Also in addition to translating materials like the TDMM and RCDD and RITP exams, we are looking at the possibility of translating ITS Design Fundamentals Program and Exam, as well as BICSI News Magazine. This will help us to expand our global reach. Spanish and Japanese translations were identified initially based on high demand and our Board Strategic Plan.   They will become a priority in 2011.

·         Easier Access for Global Membership—We have put into place a new plan for global members that will help them satisfy their RCDD or RITP conference attendance requirement, as well as gain CECs. By attending a two-day BICSI global conference with 12 - CEC’s, or by attending two one-day BICSI global conferences with 6 – CEC’s each, attendees meet the conference attendance requirement for RCDD and RITP credential renewal.

NxtGEN

·         Implemented new requirements to sit for the RCDD

·         Testing is now a mix of application- and knowledge-based questions

·         RITP repositioned the RCDD in the marketplace—design vs. education/sales/project management/marketing etc.

·         Will implement new Mentoring program in 2011

Outreach in 2010

·         Updated existing friendship agreement with TIA; will continue to work together in standards working bodies

·         Signed a friendship agreement with InfoComm in May; will work together to update the AVDRM

·         Signed a Marketing Agreement with Cisco in October

·         Both CNET and Data Center Dynamics have signed on to teach BICSI’s DC110: Data Center Design Best Practices

Membership Benefits

·         Extended provision to members to allow them to maintain their BICSI membership through tough economic times

·         Continued to provide exclusive discounts on programs and services, including health insurance

·         As always, offered substantial member savings on BICSI training and publications

Financials

You will be happy to know that your Board has lived up to its fiduciary responsibilities. BICSI had a very successful year in the financial category as we finished the year with a small net profit—which should be great news to our members, especially when you look at the global economy. Since we work off of what we call “grocery store margins,” we take all the steps necessary to be good financial stewards of your money. We have built cash reserves that will be used for future growth and development of the new initiatives that I spoke about above. We will continue to keep a watchful eye on spending, keeping our expenses to a minimum so that we can maximize your dollars to help shape the future of BICSI.

Conclusion

As you can see, BICSI has accomplished much during 2010, and we have laid the groundwork for a prosperous 2011. We have identified priority items for 2011, which have been sent to the appropriate volunteers and/or staff members, who will ensure those initiatives are completed. We look forward to using new technologies to enhance the BICSI membership experience and cut down on travel costs and other related expenses  for all BICSI members.  And, best of all, we are committed to enhancing your educational experiences at all of our conferences and events!

We say “Thank You” for your membership, your dedication and your desire to help shape the future of BICSI. We wish you the best and we hope you have a very successful and prosperous 2011!

Best regards,

Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI

BICSI President, 2010-2011

www.bicsi.org

NOTE

If you are not a member, think about joining BICSI. They have much to offer .

Frank Bisbee, Editor

HOTS - Heard On The Street monthly column for the communications industry. www.wireville.com

 

CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT IS UNDER SIEGE: WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP?

Earlier this year, I wrote about a Chicago Police officer getting killed (http://wistechnology.com/articles/7572 ).  Because the Chicago media did not cover it the way it should have been covered, I thought it would be appropriate to comment on it.  There was no outrage.

Now, it seems like there is some cop-killer epidemic rolling into Chicago based on reading the unofficial Blog of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the whole story doesn’t seem to get captured by the media.  (http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com )

It's like the Battle of the Bulge for the CPD out there and all police officers (all the desk jockeys, house mice (the police who protect the Mayor, treasurer and some of the aldermen on 24/7 house details), and the slackers on medical (light duty)) should be put on the street immediately on bikes, in cars and in squadrols.  Put some police back on walking patrol downtown as well.

If nothing else, this would be a show of some strength to those that think the Chicago Police Department is in a weak state.  There are rumors they are short about 3,000 officers.  They have many officers who ride in one-man cars in neighborhoods you would not drive in at all.

WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP?

When faced with an attack of immense proportion, the Battle of the Bulge, in World War II, George S. Patton gave the order that every soldier go out and “be a soldier”. 

With all the recent killings of police officers throughout this year, I would say the CPD faces that same kind of attack and should have the same type of decisive leadership and directive of a George S. Patton.

Now is not the time for one-man patrol cars while so many others just shuffle paper, act as district assistants (a secretary with a gun) and chat about last night’s “Dancing With the Stars”.

Police need to be the police.  If they had real leadership, you wouldn't find them  undergunned or outmanned on the street.

Anyone with a white shirt please step up!  A “white shirt” is someone in a supervisory role within the CPD.  They don’t seem to be fully aware of the problems or they are too busy with other things than being the police.  Where are the true leaders of this police force?

When the “defecation hits the oscillation” some of these people don’t have a clue on how to be a leader.  Are they in positions that are higher than their capabilities?

The CPD is in a quandary, but so is everyone that steps foot into Chicago.  If someone is brazen enough to shoot a police officer do you really think you are immune?  Those who are naive who don’t think there are some problems brewing in Chicago, you are sadly mistaken.  Flash your iPhone downtown and see how fast it gets boosted.

FLAGS WERE NOT AT HALF STAFF

In reading more comments on the unofficial BLOG of the CPD, it seems like some police were concerned about flags not being lowered to half staff at some of the police stations for their fallen brethren.  Evidently, the flagpoles were locked and the janitor, excuse me, (based on their bloated salaries) building engineer, had to personally open up the lock before the flags could be lowered.  They were not around for the Thanksgiving Holidays.  You would think he would have come out but hey, it was a holiday so nothing happened over the weekend.

Doesn’t anyone take their job seriously anymore?  Chicago Officer Michael Flisk did as well as retired Chicago Housing authority officer Stephen Peters and the highly decorated Chicago SWAT team member David Blake, who got shot in a separate incident.  All are dead.  All will not see Christmas this year.

To those living in Wisconsin, don’t think your cities are immune to violence.  More cities are having problems due to the economy.

Besides Milwaukee, a reader pointed this website out to me and I found it interesting as it really spotlights a lot of things the Racine media seem to gloss over.  Racine has a web site, Racine Uncovered administered by a civilian (http://racineuncovered.org/?p=14387 ) that shows where crime is and even has a city map designating crime events with a blue flag.  There are so many blue flags in Racine, it looks like the City of Smurfs.

Go and read some of the threads at www.SecondCityCop.blogspot.com and see the frustration that many of these police officers go through when someone else on the job gets gunned down.  You think you have it bad where you work?

So in all your Holiday cheer and parties, stop for a minute or two and remember the fallen police and all the Holidays they won’t ever see.

CARLINI-ISM :  The more police that are killed, the less safe you should feel.

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James Carlini’s articles are read by over 1,600,000 readers internationally.  He is also a featured columnist for ALRROYA, a Dubai-based financial newspaper and business portal (http://english.alrroya.com/editors?auth=James+Carlini ) as well as Heard-on-the-Street (www.wireville.com ), newsletter for the cabling and building industry.

Copyright 2010 – James Carlini

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FACTOID - U.S. population growth since 2001 is the slowest rate since the Great Depression

Factoid - U.S. population grew 9.7% in the past decade to 308,745,538, the slowest rate since the Previous Great Depression.The rate at which U.S. women are having babies continued to fall in 2009, pushing the teen birth rate to the lowest level in the nearly 70 years reliable data have been collected, federal authorities reported in December 2010.

 

Future Proof Plates (FPP's) [New from Unique Fire Stop Products] are the latest firestop tools

Future Proof Plates (FPP's) [New from Unique Fire Stop Products] are the latest firestop tools for architects, designers and engineers to be able to centralize, install and maintain firewall penetrations made by telecomm installers for the life of a new building.  Remember: Safety is too important to ignore.  

FPP's can be designed with multiple holes for all the different types of cabling to be installed, smoke sealed and fire stopped.  FPP's are sealed with firestop caulk behind the pairs of plates with a bead of caulk around each of the holes on both sides of the firewall. The key here is to only make the holes in the firewall, using the FPP's as a template for the sleeve to be installed when needed. Design in enough holes for future cabling and install the FPP's by screwing them to the wall studs or anchoring in block walls. 

FPP's are unique and can be used with any type of mechanical sleeve system on the market today. All FPP's are powder coated RED.  They are available with any number of different configurations to be able to group the cable media as well as to insure AHJ acceptance consistently. Typically priced from $49 to $145. Call to order.1-251-960-5018

This outstanding new product will be in the new BICSI TDMM. http://www.uniquefirestop.com/fpp.html

 

Hitachi Cable Manchester Presents at BICSI Winter Conference

Manchester, NH, April 20 – Hitachi Cable Manchester (HCM) continues to be a leader in the manufacture of high-performance copper and fiber optic communication cables. 

HCM will be at booth 1019 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel for the BICSI Winter Conference January 16-20, 2011.  HCM will have on display new products including its newly redesigned line of Category 6 cables that offer increased performance and reduced dimensions versus previous models.  HCM will also be showing its new, all-dry outside plant fiber optic cable, Mojave™, as well.  Visit their booth to learn about these and other cables that are manufactured at their Manchester, NH facility.  HCM manufactures its communication cables in the U.S.

About HCM-Hitachi Cable Manchester

HCM, located in Manchester, NH manufacturers a complete line of copper and fiber optic cables for the communication industry.  Over 3,300 different cable products are manufactured at this facility.  In addition to Category 6A cables, products include Category 6 and 5e cables, outdoor Category 5e and 6 cables, indoor and outdoor fiber optic cables, armored fiber optic cables as well as plenum-rated indoor/outdoor fiber optic cables.

To learn more about HCM products and where you can purchase them, please contact HCM toll free at 800-772-0116 or visit the HCM website at www.hcm.hitachi.com

 

Hitachi Cable Manchester Introduces Mojave™ Dry-Block Fiber Optic Cables

Hitachi Cable Manchester has introduced a completely gel-free outside plant fiber optic cable.  The Mojave™ line of fiber optic cables, available with 12 to 432 strands of optical fiber, consists of 250 micron optical fibers (Corning™ glass is standard) housed within buffer tubes that utilize aramid yarns impregnated with Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP) for water blocking.  Outside the buffer tubes, additional SAP impregnated yarns are used to further prohibit water migration within the cable. The cable core is protected by a robust polyolefin outer jacket that is moisture and fungus resistant.  Optical fiber options include all multimode and singlemode glass types. Mojave™ cables are also available with corrugated armor and all Mojave™ cable constructions are compatible with all connectors intended for loose tube 250 micron glass.  Mojave™ cables are available through HCM’s network of authorized distributors.

To learn more about HCM products and where you can purchase them, please contact HCM toll free at 800-772-0116 or visit the HCM website at www.hcm.hitachi.com. 

 

ShoreTel Names Peter Blackmore President and CEO

Industry Veteran Brings Broad Expertise to Fast-Growing Business Communications Leader

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE) Monday December 13, 2010, 8:00 am EST -- ShoreTel® (NASDAQ:SHOR - News), the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications, today announced that its board of directors has named Peter Blackmore to serve as the company’s president and chief executive officer, effective today. Don Girskis, who served as interim CEO, will resume his position as senior vice president of worldwide sales.

Blackmore was most recently president, CEO and a member of the board of directors of UTStarcom, Inc., a provider of Internet protocol-based network solutions. There, he focused UTStarcom’s strategy to capitalize on opportunities in China and India. Before UTStarcom, Blackmore was executive vice president in charge of worldwide sales, marketing and technology at Unisys Corporation. Prior to Unisys, Blackmore worked at Hewlett-Packard where he served as executive vice president of the Customer Solutions Group and, before that, of the Enterprise Systems Group. From 1991 until its acquisition by Hewlett-Packard in 2002, Blackmore served in several senior management positions at Compaq Computer Corporation reporting directly to the CEO, including senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing and then executive vice president for sales and service. Earlier Blackmore held senior field sales and channel management roles at Compaq in Europe and North America.

“Peter brings a wealth of hardware, software, services and channel expertise to ShoreTel,” said Gary Daichendt, chairman of the board at ShoreTel. “His track record of successfully scaling technology organizations worldwide makes him the right leader to accelerate ShoreTel’s growth.”

“ShoreTel has a solid reputation for industry-leading solutions and world-class customer satisfaction, and I am thrilled to be joining the company,” said Blackmore. “I look forward to working with the entire ShoreTel team to help the company continue to accelerate its growth and achieve its tremendous potential.”

Daichendt added, “On behalf of the board, I also want to thank Don Girskis for his leadership of ShoreTel during our search for a new CEO, during which time ShoreTel continued to execute effectively on its plan and deliver record revenues, beating industry growth rates. This is a strong foundation on which to build.”

Blackmore serves on the board of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. and holds an M.A. in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K. He is married with two children and lives in Northern California.

About ShoreTel

ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOR - News) is the provider of brilliantly simple Unified Communication (UC) solutions based on its award-winning IP business phone system. We offer organizations of all sizes integrated, voice, video, data, and mobile communications on an open, distributed IP architecture that helps significantly reduce the complexity and costs typically associated with other solutions. The feature-rich ShoreTel UC system offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and the highest customer satisfaction in the industry, in part because it is easy to deploy, manage, scale and use. Increasingly, companies around the world are finding a competitive edge by replacing business-as-usual with new thinking, and choosing ShoreTel to handle their integrated business communication. ShoreTel is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas, United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com.

 

The 411 on the 911 UPDATE

A quick refresher on the timeline for the ERTS (Emergency Reporting Telecommunications System) will make the situation clear.

·         February 1968 – the first 911 call was made in Haleyville, AL

·         September 1976 – Chicago claimed the first enhanced 911 system of any major US city

·         December 1982 – Minneapolis-St. Paul implemented an enhanced E911 system that was multi-county. It was the first in the USA.

·         December 2010 – everything remained unchanged until the advent of the Next-Generation 911 system.

NG-911 is transforming the public safety process to prevent information overload. More information to follow in next month’s issue. Stay tuned.

 

Tips: Prevent Holiday Fires

 While it may seem Scrooge-like to think about fire hazards during the holidays, many of the activities people engage in -- cooking, entertaining, and decorating -- all present increased fire risks. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), candles and Christmas trees play a role in these incidents.

Fortunately, the vast majority of holiday fires are preventable, notes Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications.

“Certainly, no one needs to abandon their holiday traditions and activities,” Carli said. “But by understanding where potential hazards exist, and making some minor adjustments, people can greatly increase their homes’ and loved ones’ safety, and enjoy the season as planned.”

NFPA offers the following information and advice to ensure a festive and safe holiday season:

Cooking: Cooking equipment fires are the leading cause of U.S. home fires and fire injuries, and the third leading cause of home fire deaths. In 2008, relative to an average day, the number of home cooking equipment fires was 55 percent higher on Christmas Eve and 68 percent higher on Christmas Day.

·                     Stay in the kitchen while you’re frying, grilling, or broiling food.

·                     Most cooking fires involve the stovetop. Keep anything that can catch fire away from it, and turn off the stove when you leave the kitchen, even if it’s for a short period of time.

·                     If you’re simmering, boiling, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.

·                     For homes with children, create a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food and drinks are prepared or carried.

Christmas trees: U.S. fire departments annually respond to roughly 260 home structure fires that began with Christmas trees. One third of them are caused by electrical problems, and one in five resulted from a heat source that’s too close to the tree.

·                     If you have an artificial tree, be sure it’s labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant.

·                     If you choose a fresh tree, make sure the green needles don’t fall off when touched; before placing it in the stand, cut 1-2 inches from the base of the trunk. Add water to the tree stand, and be sure to water it daily.

·                     Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit, and is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, and heat vents or lights.

·                     Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory, and make sure you know whether they are designed for indoor or outdoor use.

·                     Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini-string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.

·                     Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of LED strands to connect.

·                     Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving the room or going to bed.

·                     After Christmas, get rid of the tree. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside the home.

·                     Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Candles: December is the peak month for home candle fires, with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day representing two of the five top days for associated fires. NFPA statistics show that more than half of all candle fires start when placing them too close to things that can burn.

·                     Consider using flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles. If you do use traditional candles, keep them at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and remember to blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed.

·                     Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over, and are placed on uncluttered surfaces.

·                     Avoid using candles in the bedroom where two of five U.S. candle fires begin or other areas where people may fall asleep.

·                     Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.

For additional resources and information about holiday fire safety, including audio clips, videos, and safety sheets, visit NFPA’s website at www.nfpa.org/holiday.

Reprinted with permission from Security Products E-News.

SAFETY IS TOO IMPORTANT TO IGNORE & remember: don’t text while you drive.

 

 

Training is Always A Good Investment!

What better way to save time and money than investing in your people or yourself?

Communication Systems Technology Institute has been developing and teaching low voltage courses in communications and signaling for the past 15 years. Our programs start from the entry level and go to the top level of knowledge needed to advance in one's present job, change jobs or simply to gain personal satisfaction. Obtaining knowledge and skills in a variety of disciplines is an advantage in a challenging economy, allowing an individual to move with work requirements and needs of a company - we strive to fulfill this mission.

Communication Systems Technology Institute is the only distance Learning Institute to offer unique programs that relate specifically to the growing low voltage industry. If one is interested in learning an in-demand profession, CSTI has many programs that can help an individual start a new career immediately. Our programs have been designed by those who work in the low-voltage industry – leaders in the installation of electrical and electronics communications and signaling systems – who have experience utilizing actual hardware and cabling procedures that are in use in the industry today. CSTI will teach you the things you need to know to get a job.

Accreditations

·         Texas Higher Education Coordination Board

·         Richland College of the DCCC

·         Workforce Course Development Programs

·         Tunxis Community College of Connecticut
Adult Continuation Programs

·         Gwinnett Technical College – Georgia
Adult Continuation Program

·         College of Technology

·         Programs approved by Department of Higher Education

·         Program accredited for Apprenticeship development.

·         Cabling America

·         Association of Cabling Professionals
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Do you need In-House Training? Communication Systems Technology Institutes will bring any of our training programs directly to your office or shop!

We offer twelve programs and any one can be "suitcased" and delivered to you for the low price of $3200.  Our programs will upgrade the skills of as many people in your organization as you need.

For more details on each of our twelve programs visit www.CSTInstitute.com or call Steve at CSTI to schedule your In-House Training.

Call CSTI at 214-319-6632

Self paced programs that are informative and affordable. 214-319-6632 www.cstinstitute.com

 

U.S. Congress Passes $4.3 Billion 9/11 Bill – Toxic Materials Continue To Kill

Grateful the 9/11 bill finally passed. Now thousands of rescue workers can receive comprehensive health care & fair economic compensation. Toxic gasses from halogen (fluorine) materials have wreaked havoc with the health of the fire fighters and first responders in NYC. We just don’t need a repeat of this tragedy in the future.

The plenum “safety” cables decompose and outgas deadly and damaging toxic materials under heat. Experts estimate that there was close to 500,000 pounds of Teflon FEP cabling in the World Trade Center, which generated approximately 250,000 lbs. of Hydrogen Fluoride/ Hydrofluoric Acid. This is the most reactive material known to man and it can kill or damage any living material it touches. The terrorist who planned and executed the attack may have been aware of the lethal toxic nightmare contained in the buildings.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
The U.S. Congress passed legislation that will provide Ground Zero workers with health care benefits. On Wednesday, December 22, 2010, the Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent and the House approved it 206-60.

The measure’s passage had been in jeopardy until Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) agreed to support funding at the $4.3 billion level, which is approximately $2 billion less than what had previously been under consideration. 

The lame duck session of Congress has concluded; both the Senate and House of Representatives have adjourned. The 112th Congress will convene in early January.

Rep. Maloney: 9/11 Bill 'Should Have Passed Nine Years Ago’; Obama ‘With Us in Spirit’

December 22, 2010 3:32 PM - ABC News’ Rick Klein reported:

A deal is at hand – finally – to pass the bill providing health benefits and compensation to 9/11 first responders.

To some members of the New York congressional delegation, it caps a nine-year-old fight.

“It is so fair, it is so right, it should have passed nine years ago,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., told us today. “On 9/11 we lost 3,000 people. But thousands and thousands more lost their health because of their work there, and we need to take care of them.”

“I'm so pleased and hope the country will have good tidings that we're taking care of our heroes and heroines. I cannot think of a more appropriate Christmas present to America than taking care of the veterans of the war against terror, the people that are there, the line of first defense to save and help our country.”

Maloney has been critical of President Obama for not working harder to pass the first responders bill, but said “he’s with us in spirit” even if he hasn’t been vocal in his support.

What’s in your building? Toxic Materials Continue To Kill 

FEP - Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene ( Trade Names: Teflon, Neoflon, Dyneon) is a halogenated material that is almost universally used in the construction of CMP – NEC Plenum rated cable. Regretfully, FEP has never been “officially” tested for toxicity by the NFPA National Fire Protection Association. The EU has a code of Zero Halogen and RoHS for the cable used in their jurisdiction.

The EU cable code is much safer than the NEC plenum rated (CMP) cable, and it contains no heavy metals. It is long overdue for the NFPA to upgrade our “safety cables”.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

www.wireville.com

 

Counterfeits Webinar Archive Available

Don’t miss this opportunity to understand the scope and severity of the counterfeit products, penetrating our workplaces and homes. Electrical Contractor and GE Energy, Industrial Solutions hosted this excellent webinar It is free. www.ecmag.com   

Counterfeits Webinar Archive Available

Just what does "genuine" get you? How do you detect the real deal from the fake? Electrical Contractor and GE Energy, Industrial Solutions hosted a webinar on Tuesday, November 30, discussing the latest on counterfeit electrical products, including how to detect and ensure genuine products through UL testing, warranties and quality assurances; examples of material differences (side-by-side comparisons); specific cases of counterfeit installations; common sources of counterfeit/gray product and more, and now it's archived for your viewing. The webinar details the steps the industry is taking to combat electrical products including GE training, awareness efforts, Web sites, serialization of products, recall and legal actions. Click here to register and view for free.

Counterfeit Electrical Products, sponsored by GE Energy, Industrial Solutions - This presentation will be available to audience members until March 01, 2011 at 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.

 

What the future holds?

Last year, the FOA certified over 4,000 new fiber optic technicians in 40 countries around the world. Over 270,000 people visited our website and downloaded over 1.6 million pages of technical information. We sold about 5,000 copies of our 3 textbooks on paper or as eBooks. In its first two months online, 16,000 people viewed our YouTube technical videos. What does all that mean? What does it mean for the future?

This means that fiber continues to grow in importance in the communications world and techs depend on the FOA for learning about fiber optic technology, either directly from our educational materials or from one of our over 200 FOA Approved trainers. In the coming year, the FOA will continue to develop educational materials that keep fiber optic techs up to date on the latest technologies, component developments and installation processes to ensure they are able to cope with the fast development of fiber optic applications.

Where do we see fiber's strongest growth? Municipal systems for security and communications, fiber to wireless towers and all the way up to the antennas, cabling for 10G and above in data centers and providing the infrastructure for broadband to the home.  

The FOA will add some new tricks in 2011 to help techs in their jobs. We're starting a new online lecture series on YouTube. We'll be expanding our self-study programs, including adding a fiber optic design online program leading to FOA specialist certification. We will provide free Apps for the iPad and iPhone to help techs by automating the calculation of loss budgets for their systems, converting fiber optic power measurements and other installation aids. We'll even offer an App that will be a self-study program based on our textbooks.

We'll continue to focus our efforts on supporting our schools, our members and the entire fiber optic industry to ensure its continued success.

www.thefoa.org

The Fiber Optic Association Inc. - The Professional Society of Fiber Optics

1119 S Mission Road #355, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Phone: 1-760-451-3655    Fax 1-781-207-2421 

 

FTTH Council and The Light Brigade Announce CFHP Course Dates for 2011

WASHINGTON - The Fiber-to-the-Home Council, a national organization dedicated to expanding the deployment of high speed all-fiber networks, and its training partner, The Light Brigade, have announced 2011 training course dates and locations for the Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) program.

The two-day course was established to help FTTH professionals study for the Council's CFHP examination, made available through the Council's website, which is aimed at management and supervisory staff of telecommunications providers, as well as technical support managers and administrators, design specialists, telephony and network engineers and administrators, CATV/IPTV engineers and administrators, advanced network engineers and administrators.

Meanwhile, the second and final CFHP course of 2010 will take place next week, on December 9 and 10, at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, following the FTTH Council's all-day workshop on December 8, "The Future of Video, Telco's and Smart Grid: Going for the Gigabit."  That event is open to anyone with an interest in next-generation broadband. An agenda and registration information for the workshop can be found on the FTTH Council's website, www.ftthcouncil.org.

Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) Training Course

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council
Now in its tenth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible.  The Council organizes North America's largest annual FTTH event, the FTTH Conference & Expo, which will be held September 26 - 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.   More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

About The Light Brigade
The Light Brigade, the world's leader in fiber-optic training, coordinates and presents FTTx events and classes at prominent industry conventions such as OFC, ECOC, and the FTTH Conference. The company provides fiber optic training courses, DVDs, a computer-based training module, and fiber-optic certifications. For more information on The Light Brigade's educational programs, visit www.lightbrigade.com. For more information or to host this course at a location near you, please call Pam Wooten at (800) 451-7128 or email pam@lightbrigade.com.

 

Outlook 2011- Tools

Tools are very important ingredients to the success of the communication field technician. There are many choices of the same tools from different manufacturers. However, some of the tools appear exactly like the “leader” but fail to deliver sustainability during use.

When it comes to selecting the best tools, the techs have their own network to stay up-to-date on “the BEST” through on-the job trial and error. Most good techs that I have had the privilege to know over the years have put a high value on professionalism and on having a top grade set of tools. They guard them and prize them. The act of “borrowing” tools ranks right up there with rustling cattle or stealing a cowboy’s horse. Don’t touch the other guys tools, unless you want to get strung up on some patch panel rack. Sticky fingers will not be tolerated. Cut the temptation by etching your name on your tools.

“Get your own tools. It’s an investment that will pay you back,” said Tony “The Toolman” Casazza, President of LANSHACK (www.lanshack.com) and CEO of the QuickTreX® brand of high quality datacom products (www.quicktrex.com).

From basic tools to test gear, it is important to possess a variety of tools for a variety of systems. Tools for today’s diversified technician are becoming more vital to success in this economy than ever before. Famous writer, philosopher and poet Thomas Carlyle said, “Man is a tool-using animal; weak in himself and of small stature, he stands on a basis of some half-square foot. Nevertheless he can use tools, can devise tools; with these, the granite mountain melts into light dust before him, winds and fire his unwearying steeds. Nowhere do you find him without tools; without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all."

Check out the wide selection of tools and tool kits that are available at LANSHACK.com. Tony Casazza is a 30-year industry veteran and has been the president of online datacom store www.lanshack.com for 13 years. In 2010, Tony launched the QuickTreX® brand, a manufacturer of cabling, connectivity and network components. He can be reached at www.quicktrex.com.  

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

 

Mike Holt's Illustrated Guide to Understanding NEC Requirements for Photovoltaic Systems

Mike Holt, one of the most knowledgeable educators, authors and NEC experts in the US,  f or the first time,  will be releasing as part of his 2011 series of Illustrated Guides a book and  DVD  titled “2011 Understanding NEC Requirements for Photovoltaic Systems”. In these products, Mr. Holt takes the same direct approach to analyzing Code requirements as they apply to PV systems as he does for all his illustrated guides. The PV book and  DVD cover all  Code articles and specific sections that pertain to PV installations. The illustrations and real-world examples are intended to help those working in the electrical field better understand and apply the  NEC . Mr. Holt uses his own in-depth knowledge of the Code as well as enlisting the help of PV industry experts

to review  the book and  be part of the team of experts that are showcased on the DVD to explain and discuss the meaning of the rules.  These  product will be available by March 1st, and can be pre-ordered at www.Mikeholt.com  or by calling 1.888.632.2633. 

 

NECA NEWS

New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania Get Tough on Worker Misclassification

12/24/2010

More than 30 states are considering adopting laws to combat worker misclassification. New laws recently passed in New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania take a particularly tough stance, with some providing for multi-year incarceration for violators.

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Chapter Executive Gauthier Promotes EVs and Oregon's NECA-IBEW Team

12/17/2010

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Developing Guidance on Crane & Derrick Rule Tops OSHA's To-Do List

12/17/2010

Developing guidance for enforcing the final rule for cranes and derricks in construction is slowed by the sheer size of the regulation and some points of contention. Nevertheless, OSHA is moving forward on this task as well as rule-making related to confined spaces, responsibility for identifying workplace hazards, PPE, highway work zones, and nail guns.

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Online Grounding & Bonding Course Offers Essential Learning — Plus CEUs, Low Cost, and Convenience!

12/11/2010

Grounding and bonding fundamentals and the different requirements necessary for their correct application are fully discussed in an online course offered through NECA’s Management Education Institute. It provides 0.8 continuing education units (CEUs) upon completion and costs only $75 with a NECA-member promotional code ($85 for non-members).

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2011 Electrical Project Supervision (Train-the-Trainer) Schedule Announced

12/09/2010

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Chapter Executives Leadership Institute – A Huge Success!

12/03/2010

This article recaps the 2010 NECA Chapter Executives Leadership Institute (CELI), which took place November 2-4, in Orlando, Florida.

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Milwaukee Tool's Generosity Advances Construction Workforce Training in Mexico

12/03/2010

Milwaukee Electric Tool has donated over ten thousand dollars worth of tools to the Kifari Training Center in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, a unique construction-craft training facility founded with support from NECA, ELECTRI International, and several NECA chapters.

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NECA Publishes Revised Standard for Selecting, Installing, and Maintaining Electric Motors and Motor Controllers

12/02/2010

NECA 230-2010 Standard for Selecting, Installing, and Maintaining Electric Motors and Motor Controllers, the latest revised publication in the National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS)® series, is now available from NECA.

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NECA CEO John Grau on ElectricTV: Reflections and Projections

12/01/2010

In the latest feature from ElectricTV.net, NECA CEO John M. Grau take time out of his packed schedule at NECA’s annual convention and trade show to offer his perspective on the industry’s direction.

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California’s NECA-IBEW Team Spearheads Statewide Program for Lighting-Controls Sales Training

11/28/2010

California’s Governor Schwarzenegger and representatives from our industry’s statewide LMCC there recently announced funding for an exciting new training program expected to have a multiplier effect whereby thousands of opportunities for electrical contractors and jobs for electrical workers will be created over the next few years.

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NECA Issues Senate Action Alert on Energy Efficiency Cash Grant Program

11/26/2010

NECA is lobbying to extend an energy efficiency cash grant program that was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and has sent a letter to Senate leadership in support of the extension, known as ARRA Section 1603: The U.S. Treasury Cash Grant Program. We urge all members and chapter offices to join the effort ASAP!

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NECA and Members Help Delay FASB Disclosures & Contingencies Proposals

11/22/2010

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has delayed implementation of the Topic 715-80 "disclosures’ proposal" and Topic 450 "exposures draft" for the 2010 calendar year -- two concerns closely watched by NECA contractors.

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NECA Member Discount at Ecobuild America, December 6-10 in Washington, D.C.

11/20/2010

Join NECA in Washington D.C., December 6-10 for Ecobuild America.

NECA is exhibiting at this important industry event addressing sustainable, high performance building and technology for collaboration and co-sponsoring a VIP Networking Reception, and our Executive Director of Standards and Safety Mike Johnston is co-presenting an educational session. Save 15% on your conference registration or attend the exhibit and keynotes for free with NECA’s special promotion code. 

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NECA-Endorsed Coalition Pushing For Policy Change To Spur Energy Retrofits

11/19/2010

NECA and other members of the Rebuilding America Coalition are currently developing strategies to capture the attention of the incoming 112th Congress. One important tactic in our effort for 2011 is identifying model retrofit programs that have been successful on the state/local levels.

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NECA Joins Industry Opposition to Digger Derrick Rule

11/18/2010

In a letter to OSHA, NECA Director of Safety Jerry Rivera confirmed NECA’s support of an exemption for digger derrick certification. Full text available.

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NECA and Members Help Fend Off Bad FASB Proposals ... For Now

11/13/2010

In response to a massive letter-writing campaign and time constraints, the Financial Accounting Standards Board is delaying the implementation of proposed new disclosure rules for participants in multi-employer pension plans that would otherwise have taken effect on December 15, 2010. But, FASB is expected to resurrect these proposals or issue similar ones in 2011, so this is no time for complacency.

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Central Ohio NECA-IBEW Team Renews OSHA Partnership

11/12/2010

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December 10 Deadline to Apply for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Exam

11/11/2010

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OSHA's Complex New Crane & Derrick Standard Takes Effect November 8

11/06/2010

Major aspects of OSHA’s new construction-specific requirements for personnel operating and working with cranes and derricks (29 CFR 1926, Subpart CC) go into effect Monday, November 8, 2010, although the training and certification requirements won’t be fully enforced until 2014.

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NECA Contractors Honored at Zero Injury Awards Program

11/05/2010

Several NECA members were recognized Oct. 28 at the annual National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC) Zero Injury Safety Awards (ZISA) program at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Today in America, Inside Business Review and Business Day Partner with NECA

11/05/2010

The producers of the television series’ Inside Business Review with Fred Thompson and both Today in America and Business Day with Terry Bradshaw are pleased to announce their partnership with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
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NECA – OUTLOOK 2011

NECA is the voice of the electrical construction industry

NECA has provided over a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development.

John Grau: CEO’s thoughts

CEO John Grau takes a moment to speak directly to customers, contractors & construction professionals on where NECA plans to go in 2011.
Watch the interview on ElectricTV.net

www.necanet.org

 

Need help putting that project in the Winner’s Circle?

WESCO/CSC – Communications Supply Corporations (a leading national distributor of voice/data/video/security equipment with relationships with over 2,000 manufacturers) made numerous advancements in 2010 in the areas of Security and design guidance as they merged their staff’s considerable talent with the latest and greatest from the product suppliers. Several industry analysts said that the CSC team is the leader in the VDV marketplace when it comes to building the best and most economical solutions. The buyer is faced with a constantly changing solution set that requires a guide through the maze of possibilities. Going it alone is no longer an option.

What’s next? Forecast 2011 =  more projects to move ahead.

In 2010,Frank LaPlante, CSC’s VP of Sales & Mktg lead the CSC team in creating several industry leading “manufacturing growth” programs including CSC’s proprietary Reel Simple and FTL solutions. The “POWER OF ONE WESCO” continues to drive market share gains, much to the chagrin of their major competitors. Want to know more, visit their website, call their offices, or drop by their booth at BICSI in Orlando (Jan. 2011). www.gocsc.com

 

ShoreTel Solutions Let Nonprofits Do More Good Work With Less Overhead

Cost and Productivity Benefits of ShoreTel's Unified Communications Technology Allow Nonprofits Worldwide to Help More People With Fewer Resources

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - 12/06/10) - ShoreTel® (NASDAQ:SHOR - News), the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today announced that nonprofit organizations around the world are using ShoreTel to dramatically cut their communications costs and increase operational efficiency and worker productivity in time for the holidays.

Organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas, Compassion Australia, United Way, and Heifer International, can focus more donations and resources on carrying out their missions to end hunger and provide more children with a quality education, thanks to ShoreTel's low total cost of ownership.

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Ending Hunger

  • United Way, one of the world's most respected charities; Compassion Australia, an international Christian child development and advocacy ministry; and Heifer International, a global nonprofit with a proven solution to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way, are just a few charities leveraging ShoreTel's UC system to seamlessly carry out their causes. By deploying ShoreTel's single, converged platform managed from a central location, these nonprofits are now able to function more efficiently and cost-effectively.
  • With ShoreTel, United Way can more easily accommodate staff increases during campaign seasons because it takes only minutes to add ShoreTel's plug-and-play phones for temporary users. The system's ease-of-use reduces orientation time, and the ability to manage the system with non-IT staff allows the organization to focus IT resources on core mission technologies and projects.
  • Compassion Australia sponsors more than one million children in 25 developing countries. With ShoreTel, they expect a savings of $100,000 over three years by eliminating third-party conferencing, reducing complexity for the IT staff, and cutting out thousands of dollars in third-party service calls.

Since 1944, Heifer International has helped more than 50 million people, and now works in more than 50 countries. Using ShoreTel's UC system, Heifer keeps employees and volunteers connected wherever they are. The low total cost of ownership and the ability to integrate with legacy equipment has helped Heifer manage its communications budget more effectively and do more with its donations. Fostering Education

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas, the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in Texas, and the Tiger Woods Learning Center (TWLC) in Anaheim, Calif., part of the Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF), depend on their highly reliable ShoreTel system to cut costs, improve responsiveness to their communities, and increase the number of children they can help.
  • ShoreTel's cost and call management benefits have helped Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas significantly increase the number of mentoring relationships it can support while decreasing the average wait time for a match and lowering the service cost per child.
  • TWF and TWLC's staff constantly need to move around to different classrooms, and with ShoreTel's mobility features, they don't have to worry about missing calls or messages. Built-in productivity tools facilitate collaboration among employees and volunteers, and the single, unified platform, scales as needed with plug-and-play simplicity across many sites.

"ShoreTel improves our communications and relationships without breaking the bank. The system looks and behaves like a single, unified platform across our many sites, enabling employees to communicate quickly and easily with coworkers regardless of their location. And the ease of management and use saves our IT team more than 20 hours per week in administration, allowing them to focus on other tasks."
-- Michael Macarthur, IT Manager, Compassion Australia

"Our ShoreTel system has been extremely reliable, with zero unscheduled downtime since deployment. We've seen productivity gains thanks to the ease of bringing new people onto the system and a number of features, including voicemail-to-email integration, the ability to quick-dial Outlook contacts from the Call Manager, and the set call handling mode based on Outlook calendar appointments."
-- Len Francis, Director IT, United Way

"Keeping costs down is important to us, and our ShoreTel system has delivered a long-distance savings of several thousand dollars per year, allowing us to redirect those funds toward supporting more at-risk children in our community. We have also increased our reliance on at-home workers, reducing the need for office space."
-- Sean Ryan, Director of Information Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas

"We're honored to play a role in helping nonprofit organizations around the world do their vital philanthropic work. It's the most gratifying form of validation of our success as a technology provider that these organizations continually recognize that the direct cost and productivity benefits gained from their ShoreTel unified communications system allows them to help more people."
-- Kevin Gavin, Vice President of Marketing, ShoreTel www.shoretel.com

 

Calendar of Events in Security for 2011

Security - An important sector for growth in 2011.

3M, DuPont Settle Patent Fight Over Coating Process for Teflon - to remove PFOA - a chemical suspected of causing cancer

3M Co. and DuPont Co. settled their patent dispute over a process of making protective coatings including Teflon that are free of a chemical suspected of causing cancer. This does not correct the millions of products containing PFOA that have already been manufactured and distributed prior to 2007.

Terms are confidential and ends lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany on “mutually agreeable terms,” said Janet Smith, a spokeswoman for Wilmington, Delaware-based DuPont. The companies submitted a filing yesterday in federal court in Minneapolis seeking dismissal of the U.S. suit, filed in March. DuPont and 3M were among companies that agreed to eliminate perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, from products including Teflon by 2015 amid government and consumer concern that the chemical may harm people. DuPont has said PFOA has mostly been removed from products introduced since 2007, while 3M said it completed the phase-out of last year.

3M said it filed the complaint after DuPont rejected offers to license the patent, which was issued in April 2008 and covers a way to make aqueous Teflon coatings that are effectively free of PFOA.

“We’re pleased that we’re able to continue to promote the use of our fluorochemical containment technology on a global basis,” said Donna Fleming Runyon, a spokeswoman for St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M.

ELIMINATE CARCINOGEN IN FUTURE PRODUCTS

The agreement to eliminate PFOA was made after an Environmental Protection Agency scientific advisory panel said PFOA is a human carcinogen, based on animal studies. Before 2007, DuPont products with PFOA generated about $1 billion in annual sales.

PFOA has been used to make fluoropolymers including Teflon coatings, rain gear and wiring insulation, and fluorotelomers, such as firefighting foams and grease repellants added to popcorn bags, food wrappers, clothing, leather, upholstery and carpets.

The case is 3M Innovative Properties Co. v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., 10cv821, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

 

Anixter International Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Clark Security Products, Inc. and the Assets and Operations of General Lock, LLC

GLENVIEW, Ill., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Anixter International Inc. (NYSE:AXE - News), a leading global distributor of communication and security products, electrical and electronic wire & cable, fasteners and other small parts, today announced that it has acquired all the outstanding shares of Clark Security Products, Inc. and the assets and operations of General Lock, LLC (collectively "Clark").

Clark, based in San Diego, California, is a distributor of security products and locksmith supplies to commercial, industrial and government entities throughout the United States, with major distribution centers in San Diego, CA; Dallas, TX; Sacramento, CA; Denver, CO; Lexington, KY; Silver Spring, MD; Phoenix, AZ; and Kent, WA. Clark's broad array of products includes locking hardware, access control devices, closed circuit television, along with various technical support services.

Anixter will pay consideration of approximately $36.6 million in cash for all the assets and operations of Clark. The final purchase price will be determined when the net asset balance of Clark is confirmed. Annual sales for Clark are expected to be approximately $115 million for 2010. Anixter expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in the first full year of ownership.

Commenting on the acquisition, Bob Eck, President and CEO of Anixter, said, "We are pleased to have Clark become part of Anixter and look forward to gaining their insight and partnering with the excellent team that has successfully led these two businesses. As a market leader, Clark immediately positions Anixter as a significant player in the access control market. Combined with Anixter's existing security business, we will continue to lead the security market as it increasingly migrates towards IP (Internet Protocol) based systems. By leveraging Anixter's geographical presence and logistics capabilities, we will first expand the reach of Clark's product set across North America and then into international markets, which is consistent with our stated strategic growth initiatives."

About Anixter

Anixter International is a leading global distributor of communication and security products, electrical and electronic wire & cable, fasteners and other small parts.  The company adds value to the distribution process by providing its customers access to 1) innovative inventory management programs, 2) more than 450,000 products and over $950 million in inventory, 3) 218 warehouses with approximately 7 million square feet of space, and 4) locations in 260 cities in 50 countries.  Founded in 1957 and headquartered near Chicago, Anixter trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE. www.anixter.com

 

BELDEN WRAPS $152M TRAPEZE SALE

St. Louis Business Journal

Date: Friday, December 17, 2010, 2:34pm CST

Belden Inc. said  it completed the $152.1 million sale of its Trapeze Networks to Juniper Networks, two years after Belden bought the wireless local area network (WLAN) systems and management software provider for $133 million.

Trapeze Networks, with an estimated $70 million in annual revenue, holds 17 awarded patents — more than any other WLAN provider — with 49 more patent filings pending. It sells its products to the health-care, education, manufacturing, retail and government industries.

Trapeze, which has 127 employees, is based in Pleasanton, Calif., and will remain at the location in the near term, a Juniper Networks spokesman has said.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) generated revenue exceeding $3 billion over the last year.

Last month, Belden, led by President and CEO John Stroup, bought Thomas & Betts Corp.’s communications products business for $78 million.

Clayton-based Belden (NYSE: BDC) makes cable, connectivity and networking products for industrial automation, transportation, infrastructure and consumer electronics. It has about 6,500 employees. Belden reported a profit of $20.6 million for the third quarter ended Oct. 3 on revenue of $411.5 million.

Belden Inc. said Friday it completed the $152.1 million sale of its Trapeze Networks to Juniper Networks, two years after Belden bought the wireless local area network (WLAN) systems and management software provider for $133 million.

Trapeze Networks, with an estimated $70 million in annual revenue, holds 17 awarded patents — more than any other WLAN provider — with 49 more patent filings pending. It sells its products to the health-care, education, manufacturing, retail and government industries.

Trapeze, which has 127 employees, is based in Pleasanton, Calif., and will remain at the location in the near term, a Juniper Networks spokesman has said.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) generated revenue exceeding $3 billion over the last year.

Last month, Belden, led by President and CEO John Stroup, bought Thomas & Betts Corp.’s communications products business for $78 million.

Clayton-based Belden (NYSE: BDC) makes cable, connectivity and networking products for industrial automation, transportation, infrastructure and consumer electronics. It has about 6,500 employees. Belden reported a profit of $20.6 million for the third quarter ended Oct. 3 on revenue of $411.5 million.

Belden wraps $152M Trapeze sale | St. Louis Business Journal

 

BOMA Applauds Congress for Passing Critical Tax Legislation

Extension of Key Tax Rates will Encourage Investment and Promote Job Growth

(WASHINGTON—Dec. 17, 2010) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International applauds Congress’ passage of the $859 billion tax bill late last night, which includes provisions that will strengthen commercial real estate and economic recovery. The legislation includes two tax extensions that will greatly affect real estate: the 15–percent tax rate on capital gains through 2012 and the 15–year timeline for depreciating leasehold improvements, retroactive to January 1, 2010 and through December 2011. The bill’s passage comes at a critical time, providing needed tax relief for a still fragile commercial real estate industry.

“We are very pleased that Congress passed the extensions for leasehold depreciation and capital gains,” commented BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “Recovery in our industry is still struggling to gain footing; these extensions have the potential to create jobs and loosen up capital that has been so difficult for many in commercial real estate to obtain.”

BOMA International’s advocacy team worked diligently to educate members of Congress about how the legislation would affect commercial real estate. In a December 9 letter to Congress, BOMA explained that “with the commercial real estate sector still grappling with an unprecedented liquidity challenge, now is not the time to increase the cost of investment and operation of commercial properties.” Citing a special report issued by the Congressional Oversight Panel in early 2010, BOMA stated that approximately $1.4 trillion in commercial real estate loans will expire between 2010 and 2014; in nearly half of those cases, the borrower owes more than the underlying property is currently worth.

Leasehold improvements, also known as tenant improvements, include changes to walls, floors, ceilings, lighting and plumbing to meet the needs of a new or existing tenant. With the average commercial real estate lease running from five to ten years, requiring these improvements to be depreciated over a 39 year period—which would have occurred if Congress had not passed the extension of the 15-year timeline—is simply a hidden and inequitable tax on the industry. By extending the 15-year timeline, Congress is helping to free up capital for building owners and add desperately needed jobs to the overall economy. It is estimated that the leasehold depreciation extension will save members of the industry $3.6 billion dollars over ten years.

Extending the current 15-percent capital gains taxes rate will help stimulate prudent investment as well as promote a reasonable expansion of construction activity in the office building industry. The extension will also encourage a range of desirable economic activities: the acquisition and development of commercial properties; lending to finance or refinance investment in those properties; and the employment of skilled workers involved in construction, renovation and remodeling work.

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About BOMA International:
Founded in 1907, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. The 16,500-plus members of BOMA International own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties in North America and abroad. BOMA’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at www.boma.org.

 

BOMA International Urges Industry to Oppose New Lease Accounting Standards

Proposed new Standard Detrimental to Landlords and Tenants

(WASHINGTON—December 2, 2010)  The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is asking the commercial real estate industry to oppose the new lease accounting standards proposed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)

This past August, FASB and IASB issued a joint exposure draft on the proposed accounting standards that, if implemented, will completely revamp the way leases are accounted for by both lessees and lessors.  The proposed changes would move the cost of operating leases from a disclosure in the footnotes onto the balance sheet. Ramifications of the proposed changes could prove harmful to the commercial real estate industry.

Since the release of the draft, BOMA has voiced its concern over any changes to the lease accounting standard, which would affect both landlords and tenants at a time when lending is already difficult to secure. The proposed new standard capitalizes all leases and will require the lessee and lessor to make projections on lease extensions and apply these projections in a complex calculation to determine the assets and liabilities to be recorded. 

Both landlords and tenants holding leases greater than  12 months will be  required to apply the standard to their leases, whether they are new or existing  Consequently, tenants may no longer want a typical ten-year lease with a five-year extension option due to the debt that will need to be recorded on their balance sheets. Tenants will also find it more difficult to negotiate tenant improvements.

“The proposed changes to the lease accounting standard would have a detrimental impact on landlords and tenants, making future lease terms  more complicated and costly at a time when commercial real estate is struggling to recover from one of the worst recessions in decades,” said BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “We encourage parties affected by this proposed change, to send comments to FASB by December 15.”

BOMA International has supplied resources to assist in the development of comments.  BOMA International along with others believes FASB/IASB need to take more time to ensure the final standard is sound and thoroughly vetted. BOMA International is asking the commercial real estate industry to provide comments on the draft by Wednesday, December 15, to director@fasb.org.  

 

CABA NEWSBRIEF

§                     AT&T makes foray into home monitoring with Xanboo acquisition
AT&T acquired Xanboo, a developer of remote-monitoring solutions that enables users to control everything from home security to lighting from smartphones and other networked devices. The acquisition follows a flurry of mergers and acquisitions activity in the smart-home industry, including a similar move by Motorola, which bought out Xanboo rival 4Home last week. CEPro.com (12/6)

§                     GE says ZigBee is better than Wi-Fi
Of all the choices for communication in the home area network, General Electric’s Appliances & Lighting division has declared that ZigBee is the best in show, according to a white paper released on Thursday. The analysis examined Bluetooth, power line carrier-based communications, Wi-Fi and ZigBee for their ability to connect home devices to each other and the smart grid based on price, performance and power consumption. On all counts, GE concluded ZigBee was on top and could save U.S. consumers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. IRG (12/9)

§                     Motorola to make mobile forays into the home
Motorola Mobility hopes to allow people to stream video to wireless products in their homes in 2011, said unit President Daniel Moloney. He said he sees the service as the lead toward eventually converging set-top box and mobile technologies. "It's one consumer proposition that will come sooner rather than later," Moloney said at a Reuters media conference Wednesday. Motorola also said it will buy 4Home, whose technology allows consumers to control in-home appliances from their mobile phones. Reuters (12/2)

§                     Intelligent homes ahead
Will the homes of the future feature appliances and devices that empower homeowners to make more intelligent and timely decisions on energy consumption? Will the manufacturers you work with today for putting products into the home provide your customers with even greater capabilities than ever before? Two questions, one answer: yes. However, the real question now becomes, how do builders prepare for the future? Constructech (12/6)

§                     Westinghouse readies viewing system for 3-D and 2-D TV
Westinghouse Digital is working on a new lightweight glasses system for 3-D and 2-D TV viewing that uses advanced technology first developed for the U.S. military. The company said its 3-D/2-D personal viewers, which will be on display at the 2011 International CES next month in Las Vegas, will offer "the largest consumer field of view ever produced," according to the company. TWICE (12/6)

§                     Former Sony executive says browsers are the next hot gaming platform
Phil Harrison, a former top executive at Sony, said the next leap forward for the video game industry will be highly immersive play via Web browsers. Speaking at the Italian Videogame Developers Conference, Harrison said "somebody is going to win. Somebody is going to deliver console-level 3-D graphics, video and audio into a Web browser. That will be the tipping point for the evolution of our industry that will accelerate what we can do in a browser, and I think will create the next generation platform for games." GameDaily BIZ/IndustryGamers (12/3)

§                     Rivals aim to keep up with Netflix
The growth of Netflix and its streaming-video services that allow consumers to watch online movies on their televisions has tech and entertainment companies scrambling to compete. Amazon is developing its own subscription service to deliver movies and TV shows, and several media companies reportedly are talking with streaming-device makers Sony and Microsoft about bypassing Netflix and cutting direct deals to offer content to consumers. The Wall Street Journal (12/6)

§                     Apple wins patent for glasses-free 3-D system
Apple has been awarded a patent for a projection system that enables multiple viewers to watch 3-D content without the assistance of special glasses. The patent centers on autostereoscopic technology that enables viewers to enjoy 3-D movies and shows unencumbered by peripherals. "[O]bservers generally do not like to wear equipment over their eyes," the patent states. The Register (U.K.) (12/1)

§                     Microsoft rewards Xbox Live users with loyalty program
Microsoft unveiled a rewards program for users of its Xbox Live system. The Xbox Live Rewards program, which is being offered at no additional cost, awards Xbox Live currency points for those who play games, renew memberships and activate or use services such as Netflix. CNET/The Digital Home blog (12/1)

§                     Opinion: Quality of wireless preventing true in-home networking
The dream for any savvy home electronics enthusiast is a home where all screens — HDTV, computer, mobile — throughout the house can instantly, wirelessly share and move high-definition video content around. “Keep dreaming” was the collective message from panelists at the Television 3.0 conference. Home Media Magazine (12/8)

§                     HomePNA developer claims 20 million chipsets installed worldwide
HomePNA is making substantial gains in the home networking market, according to an announcement last week from Sigma Designs, manufacturer of a system-on-a-chip that supports HomePNA equipment. The company said it has shipped more than 20 million HomePNA chipsets worldwide. HomePNA enables residential users to interconnect multiple networked devices without adding new wiring. Telecompetitor (12/6)

§                     Charter's Lovett says cable can benefit from over-the-top video
Mike Lovett, the CEO at Charter Communications, said cable providers should not fear over-the-top video because it can provide companies like his an opportunity to sell more broadband subscriptions and engage a younger demographic. "Longer term in the video business, it's looking at what is going on from an over-the-top standpoint," he said. "How do we embrace some of the new services and some of the new providers?" Multichannel News (12/6)

§                     CEDIA releases LED dimming white paper
The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) has published a white paper on the topic of dimming light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. The Dimming LED Lamps document will help electronic systems professionals understand the benefits, limitations, and performance of LED lighting. CEDIA (12/7)

§                     ESPN, using Nielsen data, says cord-cutting is a 'very minor' nuisance
In March, inventor Timothy R. Pryor assigned his interest in three patents and 10 patent applications covering methods for interacting with automobile telematics equipment and home appliances over to Apple. Executed on March 30, 2010, and recorded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 3, 2010, the transfer of intellectual property -- presumably for a significant fee -- suggests that Apple is making a serious effort to develop products related to home systems automation. Fierce Online Video (12/6)

§                     CEA revises and publishes 2014-B standard
CEA's Home Networks Committee published CEA-2014-B, "Web-Based Protocol and Framework for Remote User Interface on UPnP™ Networks and the Internet (Web4CE)" in September. The revised standard adds new functionality for remote user interface access to the underlying platform resources, more security in the remote user interface and protocol framework and an improved remote user interface experience. Purchase a copy of the standard and get 35% off the purchase price. CEA (12/3)

§                     Condos rethink cameras over privacy concerns
Some condo residents in British Columbia, Canada complained that cameras, in addition to security, were being used to collect evidence of minor bylaw infractions, such as not carrying their dogs through the lobby or propping open doors. A new series of complaints and a resulting ruling has prompted strata councils to tighten reins on surveillance. Victoria Times-Colonist (11/4)

§                     The three pillars of smart TVs in the future
Wilfred Martis, Intel's general manager of consumer electronics in the company's digital home group, said smart TVs in the future will go beyond today's Internet-connected sets by building three main pillars to enhance the consumer experience. These sets, Martis believes, will feature unlimited content access via a Web browser, extensive use of downloadable applications and a truly immersive experience. CEPro.com (12/7)

§                     Report: Wi-Fi gear grew by double figures in the third quarter
Sales of Wi-Fi gear grew strongly in the third quarter fueled by new deployments of 802.11n technology and a rise in handsets that support Wi-Fi service, according to a report from Infonetics. Globally, wireless LAN revenues rose by 14% from the previous quarter and by 12% from the year before with the largest increases coming from North America and the Europe-Middle East-Africa region. Network World (12/7)

§                     Special awards celebrate leaders in energy efficiency
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently presented special 30th Anniversary awards to individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the field of energy efficiency. ACEEE (12/8)

§                     Telemedicine gives GI patients greater access to care
The University of Maryland Medical Center's gastroenterology department completed a 12-month trial of a first-of-its-kind telemedicine program for patients. It offered patients in rural areas increased access to specialists and regular, at-home monitoring for chronic gastrointestinal conditions, such as ulcerative colitis. Baltimore Magazine (12/2010)

§                     Baby monitoring goes high-tech
How do you keep track of infants and toddlers when you can’t always be there with them? Parents can now use web-based cameras with IR (infrared) capability so that they can “see” better when the lights are off. Electronic House (12/1)

§                     Smart homes assist seniors who wish to age-in-place
Ross Staples and his wife Anita bought an Ottawa, Canada condo, and upgraded it to help her deal with Alzheimer's. The couple then decided to stay put in their wired condo. Ottawa Citizen (11/8)

§                     Texting for healthy babies
Someone at Partners Healthcare had a great idea to improve pre-natal care among young women — text them. The health care giant launched a pilot program to send text messages to young pregnant women reminding them to do things like schedule an ultrasound or keep track of their baby’s kicks in utero. Boston Business Journal (11/8)

§                     Cisco's home networking business could grow further
If the home networking market doubled from current estimates of $2.5 billion in 2010 to around $5 billion in the next few years, Cisco could grow its market share to around 40% from 26% currently. Trefis (12/8)

§                     HDBaseT Alliance to demonstrate whole-home network at CES 2011
HDBaseT Alliance, the cross-industry alliance formed to promote and standardize HDBaseT technology for whole-home distribution of uncompressed high-definition (HD) multimedia content, announced it will demonstrate its HDBaseT technology as a whole-home networking solution at International CES 2011 in Las Vegas, Jan. 6-9, 2011. The demonstration will showcase an HDBaseT network, connecting several devices between a living room, bedroom and home office setting using a single LAN cable. Bradenton.com (12/9)

§                     Retailers are finding a mobile strategy is essential
With more shoppers employing smartphones to help make their buying decisions, retailers are realizing they need to develop a coherent strategy to attract and keep them, according to industry analysts. "Mobile commerce is becoming mainstream," said Greg Girard, an analyst at the IDC research firm. Computerworld/IDG News Service (12/8)

§                     Tech firms plan to phase out VGA video connections
By 2015, tech firms such as AMD, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, Samsung and LG plan to replace analog-based VGA and LDS connections with digital options such as DisplayPort and HDMI. The VGA technology is more than 20 years old and, according to this report, is inferior to its current-day digital cousins. Electronista (12/8)

§                     Nintendo looks to 3DS to regain its momentum
Nintendo, which did not have a significant new hardware launch leading up to the holiday shopping season, is facing a much tougher competitive set than when it unleashed its revolutionary Wii system. The company is pinning much of its hopes on the 3DS, a glasses-free, 3-D capable handheld player expected to be released in the U.S. in March. Reuters (12/8)

§                     DivX TV goes to full launch, gets integrated into select LG devices
DivX TV, an entertainment service that began its roll-out phase in October, officially launched on Wednesday. The service includes a library of more than 10,000 videos and is available with select LG Blu-ray players and home theater systems. Electronic House (12/8)

§                     GE and Ingersoll Rand launch intelligent building automation for data centers
GE Intelligent Platforms and Ingersoll-Rand Plc announced the signing of a cooperative agreement to develop an automation platform to meet the energy and operational efficiency needs of data centers. The two companies will work together to develop intelligent offerings that include the world-class industrial solutions of GE and the industry-leading HVAC expertise of Trane, a business of Ingersoll Rand, a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Business Wire (12/9)

§                     Tridium unveils high performance embedded controller
Tridium announced today the availability of its latest intelligent building controller, the JACE-NXT. The JACE-NXT is a Windows-based, fully configurable, high performance controller configured with the full functions of the Niagara Framework. The unit is ideal for commercial and industrial installations where connectivity, interoperability and flexible integration with multiple systems using one simple device are desired. Grist (11/29)

§                     Video: DOE Secretary Steven Chu answers questions during live chat
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu answered a wide array of interesting questions from whitehouse.gov and Facebook during a recent live video chat. Whitehouse.gov (11/29)

§                     ABB, EnerNoc both expand and continue smart grid consolidation
ABB, the Swedish/Swiss conglomerate, announced that it is buying Insert Key Solutions, which specializes in asset management and control software for power plants and utilities. Meanwhile, serial acquirer EnerNoc is on the move, as well. It bought Global Energy Partners, which specializes in demand response services. GreenTechGrid (12/6)

§                     Honeywell launches new release of global security management system
Honeywell's Pro-Watch 3.80 Security Management Suite simplifies overall system management through enhanced Microsoft compatibility. Pro-Watch 3.80 includes several new advanced features made possible through improved integration with Honeywell's MAXPRO VMS (Video Management System) and various third-party systems. Source Security (12/6)

§                     New lease on life for the Empire State Building
The structure is currently undergoing a $500 million upgrade program to become more energy efficient as its owners seek to reduce energy and water usage costs. The benefits will have a ripple effect, with other savings projected to come from a reduced building operations budget due to lower maintenance and repair costs, and expected income from rent and occupancy in light of the updated services for tenants. Reed Construction Data (12/6)

§                     IBM spends $200,000 to slash HQ energy use
IBM has invested $200,000 to turn its Armonk, N.Y., headquarters into a smart building. The project uses a centralized building-monitoring system to examine 7,600 different data points to find efficiencies and energy savings. A pilot project in Rochester, N.Y., is still under way but has already realized an 8% energy saving, officials said. PC World (12/4)

§                     DOJ grants to fund sensor, surveillance and biometrics R&D
The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applications for grants to fund research and development related to sensor, surveillance and biometrics technologies for law enforcement applications. The department is seeking research that addresses four topics: remote detection of concealed handguns, integrated sensor systems, crime scene evidence identification and biometric technologies. Applications may be made to announcement NIJ–2011–2803 on www.grants.gov through Feb. 14, 2011. grants.gov (12/2)

§                     RFID: Protection, privacy and prevention
From business to personal use, tiny RFID tags can grant access to premises, track transported goods and are even used for financial purposes. There’s little doubt everybody encounters RFID technology at least once a day without even knowing it. ARN (12/6)

§                     Polish museum uses digital signage, holography
An ultramodern, underground museum is using digital signage and digital place-based media to take visitors on an immersive tour through the past of the historic Polish city of Cracow. DigitalSignageToday.com (11/17)

§                     Support for 'green building' growing across all sectors in Israeli economy
The Israeli government recently approved the national plan to reduce emissions. A major component of that plan is to encourage green building. Green buildings use fewer resources than regular buildings while utilizing natural light and other location factors to their fullest. Green buildings use 30 percent-50% less water than regular buildings and as much as 50% less electricity. Jerusalem Post (12/8)

§                     Building Automation Solutions sells for £40m
A Greater Manchester firm which helps companies reduce their energy bills was recently sold for around £40m. Private equity group Bridgepoint's development capital arm has backed a management buyout of Building Automation Solutions (BAS), which is based in Altrincham. Manchester Evening News (12/1)

§                     Smart green building solutions that suit local conditions
A group of leading Finnish companies presented a wide range of ‘smart green building’ expertise that will ensure better quality of life and offer distinct health benefits for people who live in the UAE’s extreme weather conditions. The companies, which are in the forefront of promoting advanced smart green building technologies, presented their solutions at a seminar held recently at the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi. CPI Financial (12/5)

§                     Light change called bright idea
Topeka, Kansas was considering an offer from Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. that could allow the city to save money while replacing the T12 fluorescent tubes, which are being phased out of existence. A federal ban took effect July 1 on production of the ballasts — or "control boxes" — used to operate the T12 fluorescent tubes. Topeka Capital-Journal (12/8)

§                     Renesas Electronics joins the DALI AG
The Digital Addressable Lighting Interface Activity Group (DALI AG) is a working group formed in Germany by leading manufacturers and organizations in the field of digital control of lighting systems to promote DALI technology and applications. Renesas says it will help develop DALI specification and establish the DALI standard to drive mainstream adoption of the technology. EE Times Europe (11/30)

§                     Building automation allows hotels to implement green, energy-saving solutions
The immediate environment makes a big impact on guests in five-star hotels in Dubai, says Schneider Electric building solutions manager Rajeev Abraham:“Building automation goes a long way to making for a comfortable stay. We have guest-room automation solutions that allow guests to control everything, from lighting to water, and from aircon to in-room entertainment. Guests rooms are a big factor when it comes to a hotel’s total energy footprint, as they account for a good portion of the total energy consumption." ArabianBusiness.com (12/9)

§                     LFI 2011 OFFERS COMPREHENSIVE SHOWCASE, LAUNCHES BUILDING INTEGRATION PAVILION FOR EAST COAST SHOW
With the trade show floor 99 percent sold-out, LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) is focused on building and strengthening the offerings in its four unique pavilions on the show floor. A focal point for this development is the Building Integration Pavilion, which launched with great success last year in Las Vegas and debuts this year on the East Coast.

§                     Other Items

EMerge Alliance Introduces First Registered Products for DC Power Distribution
EMerge Alliance advances DC power distribution platform to focus on energy efficient data centers

InduSoft partners with MatrikonOPC for OPC connectivity
Cortexa Releases New In-wall iPad Dock
SmartGrid Forum Explores Smart Grid Opportunities for Broadband Service Providers

MatrikonOPC Introduces KNX OPC Server for Green Buildings and Data Centers

FieldServer Technologies Gateway aboard Latest U.S. Navy Advanced-Tech Destroyer
MatrikonOPC maximizes security and interoperability in building automation with OPC Server for LonWorks

MatrikonOPC offers Universal Connectivity for Vendors and OEMs


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§                     Monitoring and Targeting Techniques in Buildings
This paper, by Natural Resources Canada, presents a technique adopted from industry for managing energy consumption in buildings. It consists of data gathering, data analysis, and a resulting action plan. Specific factors that affect building energy consumption, such as occupancy, are measured. A regression analysis determines the relationship between the energy consumption and these factors. Examples are presented. Read the full report as published in CABA's Public Research Library. Paid CABA membership provides you access to the full CABA Member Research Library.

§                     Webinar: Integrating the TV Experience
In this webinar TDG's Senior Partner, Colin Dixon, will look at the challenges faced by service providers in their quest to connect the dots between the content and consumer. Join the Diffusion Group on December 16 at 2 pm ET for a lively discussion exploring the issues that define the television experience for the connected lifestyle.

§                     Recording: EPRI Smart Grid Information Webcast
The Electric Power Research Institute, known as EPRI, thanks you for your interest in the IntelliGrid Smart Grid Informational Webcast, "Securing the Electric Grid of the Future" held on November 29th. EPRI realizes that some of you were not able to attend, so they have made available the meeting materials and recordings: http://intelligrid.epri.com/Smart_Grid_Information_Sharing_Calls.html.

§                     CABA to hold Digital Home Forum
CABA’s Digital Home Forum, hosted by 3M, and to be held Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 3M World Headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota will bring together leading companies dealing with integration of consumer electronics and other cutting-edge technology throughout the home. Attend the forum to learn about current trends in the digital and connected home from a wide range of companies working in this space and explore future research opportunities. Members of CABA’s Connected Home Council will share their research and insights, along with details about their current activities. Forum participants will be encouraged to openly discuss the research strategies as they relate to the industry and their respective organizations. Register now.

§                     CABA undertaking "Aging-in-Place" study
The CABA Research Program is undertaking a new research project entitled "Formulating a Growth Strategy for the Aging-In Population". The purpose of this study is to identify a potential new market space by helping seniors remain longer in their home. Areas of consideration involve understanding the various inputs and outcomes of specific jobs/activities within the home that affect the aging adult as they move about the home and take care of basic necessities. This research project will help organizations understand the opportunities for value creation amongst different groups within this population. Ingersoll Rand and TELUS Corporation have committed to participating in this study. To learn how your organization can become involved in this study, please contact John Hall, CABA Research Director at 613.686.1814 x227, hall@caba.org.

§                     CABA signs liaison agreement with Digital Living Network Alliance
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), an international non-profit association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and building technologies, has entered into a liaison agreement with the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), a non-profit collaborative trade organization comprised of more than 200 global member companies in the mobile, consumer electronics, PC, and service provider industries.

§                     CABA holds Board of Directors meeting
Convia, a Herman Miller Company, hosted the CABA Board of Directors at Herman Miller headquaters on December 9 for the CABA Board's quarterly meeting. At the meeting, the Board selected Dr. Satyen Mukherjee, Chief Scientist, Senior Director Research Strategy North America for Philips as its new Chairman. He replaces Martin Cullum,GM of Video Networks (Consumer and Business), Bell Canada who retires from the Board after eight years of service, and seven years as Board Chairman.

§                     CABA supports NextGen Home Experience at 2011 International Builders' Show
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is pleased to announce that it will co-sponsor a VIP Event on January 12, 2011 at the NextGen Home Experience during the 2011 International Builders' Show. There is an opportunity to support CABA at this function. Download the sponsorship package to learn more about this opportunity. For additional information, contact George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager, at 613.686.1814 x226 or at grimes@caba.org.

 

CARLINI ARTICLE ON TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS FOR 2011+

As far as my predictions for next year and beyond, I will give a couple of comments on how many people cling to hype and are always in search of that “magic silver bullet of technology”. Technology that everyone claims to have every year, and every year it never materializes or comes close to the elevated expectations that have been generated for it.

Everyone comes out with their predictions at the end of the year and it is funny because they are usually not even close. Go back to previous years and read some of the “experts” and their predictions.

Let's talk about each one of the “magic silver bullets” for 2010-2011 below and try to create some realistic expectations for next year:

  • Predictive Analytics
  • Cloud Computing
  • Social Media Tools

Remember, there are no “universal solutions” in applying technology or any of these areas. How many times do I have to repeat that in my columns?

PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS: NO ONE IS THE AMAZING KRESKIN

In reading the unofficial BLOG of the Chicago Police department (www.secondcitycop.blogspot.com ), it seems like many on the force have serious reservations about their new “predictive analysis unit”. I can see why because in their line of business you can't be “probably” sure about where someone is with a gun or crimes moving down the street.

The person put in charge of this unit has limited police experience, but says he also has some software background based on his "private sector" experience which includes work at OpenTable. Do you know what sophisticated mission critical application they do?

Finding an “open table” at a restaurant. Basically a reservations platform with a customer comment and satisfaction section:

http://www.opentable.com/start-new.aspx?m=3

To me, that does not translate into hard experience for planning or designing a real-time mission critical application that deals with predictive analysis on crime occurring. Are any of these people in this unit certified by the IACA (International Association of Crime Analysts)? Do any hold certification to be a Certified Law Enforcement Analyst (CLEA)?

Basically, I fail to see the cross-pollenization ability of software for “restaurant reservations and service comments” to a mission critical application of real-time analysis and predictability/ probability of crime. That's a far reach.

Maybe, if there is a common geographic layer that would pinpoint a location which could be used to track history, something like that could be useful, but where is all the complex situation analysis software that parallels both applications?

Unless it's just a peg-counter that as you collect a history of calls, and you build up a "probability data base". Unfortunately, that capability was supposed to be embedded in the call center software they initially bought for the 911 center back in the mid-1990s.

I can see data mining and data sharing as real tools that would have some value (data mining to find any connection between crimes committed and data sharing to find any connection to crimes committed elsewhere). Predicting the next armed robbery or purse snatching like the Amazing Kreskin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZhyD6l7mHk)? I don't think so. Even the Police Chief Magazine website (http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_arch&article_id=121&issue_id=102003 ) offers this caution in an article by Colleen McCue, Ph.D., Program Manager, Crime Analysis Unit,and Colonel Andre' Parker, Chief of Police, Richmond Police Department, Richmond, Virginia:

One of the biggest challenges in using data mining and predictive analytics in law enforcement is that most, if not all, data encountered was never intended to be analyzed. Therefore, significant challenges associated with data form, content, reliability, and validity must be constantly evaluated and addressed.

It will be interesting to follow the Chicago Police Department's progress closely because I tend to agree with the street cops. There is no alchemy software approach to fighting crime, let alone predict it.

My prediction: They will still be trying to show some real results in 2012, especially if there is any Pork Project funding that is still available from the federal government.

CLOUD COMPUTING: NOT A UNIVERSAL SOLUTION

There are some potentially solid applications for cloud computing but to say it will be a “universal solution” used by every organization is very premature.

Would you entrust your mission critical applications, those which are clearly interrelated to the core business, to a third party? Maybe some standard office applications like Word or PowerPoint, but not anything that is used as a proprietary operations platform for core business applications.

One of the great videos I used to show in class was an AT&T video from 1984 showing many prominent corporate and educational leaders talking about the virtues of ISDN and how it will be very common by 1990 and all Fortune 500 companies would be using it in the 1990s. It never happened. Yet, they got all these experts and executives to discuss how this was going to be THE network technology to use in the 1990s and beyond.

It was a great video to show how wrong all the “experts” can be in predicting trends and where network infrastructure is going.

My prediction: Cloud computing will have its fair share of good applications, but again, it will not be a “universal solution” to every industry out there. I see some strong examples for bio-tech and will discuss that more in an upcoming article.

SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS - OR ARE SOME JUST TOYS?

The jury is still out on many of these “tools” as more people try to overhype their networking benefit as well as underestimate their time-wasting capability.

First, we have to determine which are tools and which are toys. Once you have identified the tools, you have to show some history of positive results and right now, those types of results are not materializing as fast as the results for “Learn the Five Secrets to Social Media for your Business” seminars and webinars.

It's like the Gold Rush that did not have many striking gold, but making those who sold the pick axes and shovels the ones who really cashed in on the fever.

Having 500+ friends on Facebook or 1,000 followers on Twitter just makes for a lot of reading through tweets, posts, updates and checking mindless links to jokes, videos and other TW (Time Wasters). Add on Groups to your LinkedIn account and you get even more TWs trying to keep up with posts from other group members. When do you have time to do your own work?

My prediction: More people will lose sight of what they are supposed to be doing as their time gets consumed by Twitter, LinkedIN and other hyped tools that may or may not have the payback that they were promised by all the hype. There will be more people reviewing all the groups they have and maybe paring down those that have not given them any real benefit throughout the last year.

Maybe that should be part of a new New Years' resolution: review all my LinkedIn groups and get out of the ones that provided no value in the previous year.

All that twitters is not gold.

CARLINI-ISM: As “Dirty Harry” Callahan would say about Predictive Analytics, "That's real stylish, but stylish doesn't work in the police department."

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IDEAL Signaltek-FO Measures Performance of Copper and Fiber Optic Cabling Systems

SYCAMORE, IL, December 14, 2010 -- Addressing the needs of datacom installers, electricians, and IT/network administrators, the IDEAL Signaltek-FO qualification tester allows the user to measure performance of both copper and fiber optic cabling systems according to Gigabit Ethernet (IEEE 802.3) standards.

Signaltek-FO incorporates a full range of features, such as Gigabit Ethernet Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT), active LAN diagnostic testing, 32MB internal memory for storing up to 20,000 tests, and printed pass/fail qualification reporting. In addition, it features a interchangeable Small Form-factor Pluggable port with a duplex LC connector for fiber optic qualification. As a result, the user can easily migrate from copper to fiber qualifying, assuring all new and existing links are installed properly and will perform reliably in support of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, VoIP, voice, IP video, and other applications.

TESTS LARGE & SMALL INSTALLATIONS

Dual wavelength capability enables the Signaltek-FO to switch over from 850nm to 1300nm to test virtually any LAN or campus fiber installation, while multimode and single mode capability permits qualification of cabling to a distance of 10km (6.2 miles). In addition, it will perform both Bit Error Rate Testing and Optical Attenuation loss measurements on fiber optic links, and measure cable attenuation with a dynamic range of up to 20dB.

STRESS TEST LINKS
In addition to a 'snapshot' performance test, Signaltek-FO can be configured to run for several minutes or even hours to stress test a link for dropped packets. This monitoring mode allows it to be used to isolate intermittent network problems that are difficult to detect. It will also inform technicians what device is at the end of a cable run, such as its own remote handset, a live network device or an open link. The unit's intelligent autotest function then performs the correct test suite based on the links current configuration.

CREATE, VIEW & PRINT REPORTS

Another value-added benefit to the user is reporting. Signaltek-FO will generate a customized report documenting cable performance that can either be stored on the tester, transferred to a PC, or printed for customers. A standard web browser is used to view and print. Reports can be directly downloaded to a PC via its USB port, or transferred onto a USB thumb drive for portability.

Included accessories are: fiber ready near-end and remote-end handset, carrying case, copper cable accessory kit (RJ45, RJ11, Coax), fiber optic accessory kit, 8 AA alkaline batteries, 2 AC power adapters, USB cable, CD-ROM user manual, and training DVD.

For more information, contact IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-947-3614, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web, www.idealindustries.com.

 

NEW 4G MAXCELL OFFERS ENHANCED PERFORMANCE AND DURABILITY

WADSWORTH, OHIO – Dec. 13, 2010 – MaxCell, the exclusive provider of fabric innerduct solutions for multiple cabling applications, has introduced 4G MaxCell, representing a new generation of technology that provides a number of performance-enhancing benefits.

The new 4G MaxCell features an updated fabric design with ridges that lowers cable-pulling tensions by reducing surface contact, resulting in improved installation time.  The new fabric is also 10 percent stronger than previous versions of MaxCell, providing enhanced durability for difficult installations.

In addition, the new configuration of 4G MaxCell allows for easier placement within conduits while still accommodating the same size cable as before.  New 4G MaxCell also reduces tension when overlaying existing cables in conduits two (2) inches in diameter or less.

“As the leading innovator in innerduct technology, MaxCell is committed to the continued development of enhanced products that allow for quicker, more efficient and cost-effective applications,” said MaxCell Vice President Mike Miller.  “The new 4G MaxCell, with its easier installation, reduced pulling tensions and greater durability, is ideal for all duct systems, including congested systems  where fiber-to-the-home deployments are being considered.”

About MaxCell

More than 200 million feet of MaxCell innerduct has been installed around the world in a variety of applications, including cable TV, telecom, power/utilities, municipalities, universities, corporate and hospital campuses, and military/government installations.  For more information, visit www.maxcell.us.

 

2011: Not bad, but not so good either

The coming year will not be heaven exactly, but it should be better than

what many distributors have suffered through in recent years.

by Ken Simonson

Electrical distributors that have suffered years of declining demand from new construction should finally see some relief next year. But 2011 will be plenty uneven, both by structure type and geography.

Take public construction. Two massive federal programs will selectively help electrical distributors. At the same time, shrinking state and local budgets will leave many others hurting.

Contrary to rumors, federal stimulus funds have neither lapsed nor been fully paid out and will be a potent source of orders for some distributors. In particular, home weatherization and nonresidential building retrofits should reach new heights, with money flowing to all parts of the country. High-speed rail and smart grid projects are just beginning to gear up, but orders will be concentrated in relatively few areas. At the other end of the stimulus spectrum, highway projects are wrapping up—but few of these generated business for electrical distributors anyway.

Another category of federal spending is slated to wind down in late 2011: military base realignment projects. The good news for local markets that have depended on these construction jobs is that their completion means workers, both military and civilian, will begin moving into the new facilities. That will trigger demand for housing, schools, and retail and consumer services—much of it in locations that do not have large surpluses of vacant property. For instance, the vicinities of Ft. Bliss, Texas; Ft. Bragg, N.C.; and Aberdeen Proving Ground in northeast Maryland will likely see a surge in construction to accommodate the new workers and families.

State revenues seem to be improving. On Oct. 19, the Rockefeller Institute of Government (rockinst.org) reported that revenues climbed 2.3% from the second quarter of 2009 to the same period in 2010, with increases in 34 states, including double-digit percentage growth in 12. Data released by 42 states for July and August showed an average increase of 2.8%. But receipts are still below the previous peak in most states and growth is still below historical averages, meaning that many states will be forced to make more budget cuts in the coming year.

The Institute also reported that for local governments, “In the second quarter of 2010, local tax collections showed growth of 3%, substantially above the rate of inflation, yet still somewhat weak compared to historical averages.” While that is better than the preceding quarters, property taxes, which “made up at least two-thirds of total local tax collections,” are under pressure from falling home prices and rising delinquencies. Thus, local governments—particularly school districts, which tend to be even more reliant on property taxes—are likely to keep a tight lid on construction spending in 2011. Again, a possible exception will be localities that are adding new properties and classrooms around military bases.

The outlook for private construction is somewhat brighter, though also spotty. The residential construction market looks to be stronger than nonresidential.

Falling home prices may be bad for sellers and local government revenues, but low prices enable more families to qualify for home purchases, especially with mortgage rates hovering near record lows. With new-home inventories currently at extremely low levels, homebuilders are likely to become increasingly active in 2011—at least in markets not plagued by excessive foreclosures. Rising sales will also encourage remodeling, a plus for many electrical distributors. Multifamily rental housing should also rebound from current lows now that private employment has expanded for nine straight months, enabling more young workers to stop doubling up or living with their parents. Condo construction, however, appears headed for another moribund year.

The strongest private nonresidential category may be power construction, with projects scattered throughout the nation. Coal-fired power plants are being retrofitted to boost output and trim emissions, in some cases by switching to natural gas or biomass as a feedstock. More utilities will seek renewable power from wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, and possibly nuclear facilities, although the volume of these investments will depend heavily on tax and regulatory decisions that have yet to be made. Transmission lines will definitely be needed to connect often-remote generating sites to their customer bases.

Two more strong markets are hospital construction, which is beginning to pick up and should grow strongly through 2011, and universities, which appear increasingly ready to resume projects that were put on hold or canceled during the financial market meltdowns of 2008.

Developer-financed categories that have been tumbling since 2007 or 2008 should finally bottom out in 2011, although the rate of increase will vary greatly among segments and regions.

Warehouse construction has the best chance of reviving soon. There has already been a big pickup in all modes of freight transportation and shippers need space to store their goods. While warehouse vacancy rates are still high, many firms are likely to want to build new and install the latest-materials storage and retrieval equipment rather than make do with older facilities.

Following several recent months of gains in room and occupancy rates, hotel owners are likely to begin pumping more money into renovations and then, later in the year, new construction. Retail construction will be limited mainly to tenant improvements on currently vacant stores, with little new building before 2012. Office construction will remain dormant until vacancy rates fall and current tenants that have downsized fill their phantom space.

Industrial and energy markets should end their doldrums. The strong growth of freight transportation in the past six months should trigger spending on truck terminals and rail facilities in 2011. Manufacturing construction will also gradually pull out of its nosedive. Intel announced in mid-October that it would spend $6 billion to $8 billion on fabrication and research facilities in Oregon and Arizona, and BMW said it would expand its South Carolina auto plant to become the nation’s largest. But none of these markets is likely to approach past peaks in 2011. Work will be brisk around shale gas fields in western Pennsylvania—and possibly in surrounding areas—and in the Bakken shale oil formation in North Dakota and eastern Montana. Pipeline projects will provide a narrow but lucrative market for a few electrical distributors.

Putting the pieces together, residential construction should rise 5% to 10% from the depressed levels of 2010. Public and private nonresidential construction should post a combined gain of around 5%. Thus, total construction spending will rise about 3% to 7% in 2011—not exactly heaven, but better than what many distributors have suffered through in recent years.

Simonson is the chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America. Reach him at ksimonson@erols.com.

Reprinted with permission fromm NAED www.naed.org and TED Magazine

http://tedmag.com

 

NEMA Applauds Final Congressional Action on America COMPETES Reauthorization Act

ROSSLYN, Va., December 22, 2010—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives vote yesterday to reauthorize HR 5116 America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, following Senate approval by unanimous consent late last week.

This legislation focuses on investing in the foundation of technical excellence and resulting global competitiveness, namely, research and development, education, and national policy direction in the physical sciences and in technology.

According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, these three areas form the technical underpinning of the U.S. manufacturing community, without which it is impossible to effectively compete on a global basis.

“NEMA was an early backer of the original America COMPETES Act, and actively participated in the reauthorization activity this year through regular correspondence with committee staff, ensuring that our support was clearly heard throughout the process.” Gaddis said.

Building upon the activities that commenced with the initial 2007 Act, NEMA sees the reauthorization legislation contributing to long-term energy technology, of which electricity is a key component, by further strengthening the Advanced Research Projects Administration for Energy, as well as bolstering spending in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

The bill also serves to reorganize the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of technology and better meet the needs of this century.

“Ongoing investment in these areas by the federal government must be coupled with close collaboration with the manufacturing community in order to create highly skilled jobs, contribute to long-term economic security, and improve our industry’s international competitiveness.  We urge President Obama to sign the act into law as soon as possible,” Gaddis said.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

NEMA. Setting Standards for Excellence

Visit our website at www.nema.org

 

Leviton to Introduce Industry’s First 24-fiber 100G System at 2011 BICSI Winter Conference

New preterminated system offers the exceptional performance demanded by high-speed networks

December 3, 2010 – Bothell, WA:  Leviton today announced the upcoming launch of the industry’s first 24-fiber preterminated MTP® cabling system for 100GbE. The system, which was designed specifically to meet IEEE 802.3ba requirements and new 100GBASE-SR10 and 40GBASE-SR4 equipment, will be formally introduced at the 2011 BICSI Winter Conference, being held January 16 – January 20 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The preterminated MTP system, featuring new cable, connector, and termination technologies, will meet the tight optical cabling channel insertion loss (IL) requirements specified in the IEEE standard, from 2.6 dB for 10GbE to 1.9 dB for OM3 40/100GbE and 1.5 dB for OM4 40/100GbE. It is the first system of its type to fully utilize 24-fiber MTP technology throughout the entire optical fiber cabling channel, including trunks, modules, adapters and array cords needed to transmit 20 channels of 100GBASE-SR10. In addition, the system is backwards compatible with existing Gigabit or 10G networks, allowing for a straightforward migration path to 40G or 100G performance.

“This is a very exciting development in preterminated MTP structured cabling,” states Gary Bernstein, director of fiber and data center product management for Leviton Network Solutions. “Our customers desire an easy migration path solution to 40/100G, and we are thrilled that Leviton is able to provide it.”

About Leviton Network Solutions

Leviton Network Solutions is part of Leviton Manufacturing, Inc., a 100-year-old company offering more than 25,000 products and devices for homes, businesses, and industries. The Network Solutions division is dedicated to producing complete network infrastructure systems for the enterprise, data center, government, health care, education, and residential markets. Copper, fiber, and power solutions include structured cabling systems, enclosures, PDUs, and much more. All Leviton products are engineered to exacting standards and offer guaranteed performance. www.Leviton.com

 

BICSI ESTABLISHES FIRST AUTHORIZED TRAINING FACILITY IN CANADA

Tampa, Fla., December 20, 2010—BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, is pleased to announce that Pearson Electrotechnology Centre in Lachine, Québec, has received the prestigious status of BICSI Authorized Training Facility (ATF). This effort is a milestone in BICSI global training endeavours and is in line with the BICSI Board Strategic Plan.

“BICSI is very excited to expand our educational training offerings in Canada,” said BICSI President Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI. “We believe this new ATF will offer a quality product with excellent teaching, which equals a great educational experience for our Installers and Technicians.”

BICSI ATFs are BICSI-approved sites using the same quality curriculum, classroom equipment and materials offered in BICSI-conducted classes. The ATF’s individual trainers must also be certified by BICSI. This replication of a BICSI classroom environment ensures the same quality training you'd expect at a course taught by BICSI, while extending access to a variety of convenient locations. ATFs are recognized providers of BICSI's ITS Cabling Installation Program.

“This BICSI Canadian ATF is well positioned to begin graduating the next generation of information technology infrastructure technicians,” stated Richard Smith, RCDD, NTS, OSP, BICSI Canadian Region Director. “The demand for this expertise is being driven by technological change and a retiring generation of expertise who maintained many forms of legacy technologies.

Supported by the Lester B. Pearson School Board, Pearson Electrotechnology Centre is using facilities that are representative of the working environment. The professional staff of Pearson instructors are well-known by industry peers for their expertise and knowledge, and actively cooperating with government, educational and industry leaders.

The Pearson Electrotechnology Centre offers many other educational programs in both electricity and telecommunications and successful candidates will be able to receive credentialing in many different subjects.

For additional information about BICSI ATFs, visit www.bicsi.org/atf.

BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 23,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 90 countries. For more information, visit www.bicsi.org. John Bechtold, jbechtold@bics.org, or Maarja Kolberg, mkolberg@bicsi.org, +1 813.979.1991

 

Automated Systems Design (ASD) Appoints Kathi Blevins Vice President of Sales

ATLANTA, Ga. Automated Systems Design (ASD®), the leading nationwide solution for custom turnkey information transport systems, is pleased to announce that Kathi Blevins has joined ASD® as vice president of sales. As vice president of sales, Blevins’ responsibilities include ensuring the company achieves its goals in revenue growth, customer satisfaction, market penetration, sales efficiency and organizational development.

Blevins has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the information technology sector, as well as an extensive background in business development, business operations and solution development. Blevins is skilled at developing deep relationships with enterprise customers, building world-class sales teams, creating winning sales strategies and managing multiple sales channels.

ASD® is moving forward and growing at an accelerated pace. Ms. Blevins’ extensive background and deep skill set will help us continue on that trajectory to achieve our highest goals yet,” said Bob Eskew, founder and CEO of ASD®.

Prior to joining ASD®, Blevins served as regional sales director for Payment Systems at Unisys Corporation. Blevins is a graduate of Georgia State University with a bachelor of business administration in management.

About Automated Systems Design, Inc. (ASD®)

Founded in 1987, Automated Systems Design, Inc. (ASD®) is the leading nationwide solution for custom turnkey information transport systems. ASD® manufactures, manages and maintains high-performance iCAT-ITS™ cables and products for copper wiring and iGLO-ITS™ for fiber optic systems. The experienced team at ASD® provides physical infrastructure systems nationwide with one point of contact for all project deployment. Additional turnkey solutions include structured cabling, audio video systems, VoIP phone systems, surveillance and access control IP-based systems, digital signage, point of sale systems, network moves, adds and changes, wired and wireless networks and National Rollout Services. For more information, visit www.asd-usa.com or call 1-800-CABLING™.

 

Fiber-to-the-Home Council Reacts to FCC Vote on Internet Access

WASHINGTON, DC - Daniel O'Connell, President of the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council - a non-profit organization of 250 companies and organizations dedicated to expanding the deployment of all-fiber, next-generation networks - made the following statement in reaction to today's vote by the FCC to adopt new regulations to prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against content and applications, subject to reasonable network management: 

"With today's vote to adopt open internet access rules, the FCC appears to have constructed a temporary truce, striking a rough balance between the interests of users and broadband providers.  While the Fiber-to-the-Home Council will reserve further comment pending a detailed understanding of the Order and its implications for our members, we are hopeful that the Commission and other policymakers will now turn their full attention to fostering investment and innovation in the telecommunications and broadband industries.  Americans are clamoring for high-performance, next-generation broadband so that they can access the emerging services and applications that are so critical to their economic future and quality of life."

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council
Now in its tenth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible.  The Council organizes North America's largest annual FTTH event, the FTTH Conference & Expo, which will be held September 26 - 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.   More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

 

Corning Cable Systems Contributes to charity: water during Holiday Season

HICKORY, N.C. ¾ Corning Cable Systems LLC, part of Corning Incorporated’s Telecommunications segment, has made a donation of $30,000 to charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. The donation is an extension of gratitude to Corning Cable Systems’ customers during this holiday season.

Corning Cable Systems’ donation, 100% of which goes to charity: water’s water projects, will build two wells supporting a community of 250 on average, as well as providing a clean water system of a well and latrines for a school serving up to 1,000 students.

charity: water partners with organizations on the ground to implement clean water solutions and provide maintenance and hygiene training to communities. Safe water is often just 100 to 300 feet underground in aquifers and can be tapped using a drill; these freshwater wells can provide on average at least 250 people clean and safe drinking water for up to 20 years. Other solutions include well rehabilitations, spring protections, rainwater catchment systems and biosand filters. Since the inception in August 2006, charity: water has funded more than 3,000 freshwater projects in 17 different countries, serving over 1.4 million people.

“On behalf of Corning, I commend charity: water for their tremendous contributions to communities around the world, and we're very proud to be a part of it,” said Clark Kinlin, Corning Cable Systems’ President and CEO. “Knowing these water solutions will dramatically improve living conditions for so many people worldwide is a comfort during this holiday season, and a very special way of honoring our customers.”

“We’re honored to receive Corning’s generous contribution and excited by their commitment to our mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to the nearly one billion people currently living without it,” said Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water.

To learn more about charity: water and the difference safe access to clean water can make for a single life and an entire community, visit www.charitywater.org.

www.corning.com/cablesystems.

 

NJATC Partners With Etcetera Edutainment

Upper Marlboro, MD ─ The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC) is pleased to announce the formulation of a new training partnership with Etcetera Edutainment, a revolutionary software developer.  The objective of this new alliance is threefold:

·          To advance the use of blended learning in an effort to create the most highly trained, highly skilled workforce by incorporating game-based simulation training.

·          To prepare the IBEW/NECA skilled workforce for the challenges of the future.

·          To save lives by providing superior training that makes a lasting and positive impression as virtual experiences are transitioned into real‐world practice and application.

Etcetera Edutainment was founded in 2005 by graduates and faculty of Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center, an internationally renowned degree program for the design and development of interactive entertainment and educational technologies.

Etcetera Edutainment specializes in adapting the techniques and technologies of the videogame industry to simulations for training and educational purposes. Their mission is to be a leader in virtual training software for industry safety and education.

The company’s mantra is: “We believe in more effective education, not more education.”

Etcetera’s products are for the new generation of workforce. Current training methods, including lectures, product manuals and videos, are not effective enough for learners to feel confident about mastering the skills or understanding hard to learn concepts. Even educational content currently delivered online is not designed in a way that helps people remember the relevance of information.

The basic nature of true interactivity – forced reaction, decision making, ongoing real-time feedback for learners – makes virtual simulation tools more effective (and fun) than traditional training methods. Learning through simulation is relevant and the next best thing to actual hands-on experience.

Etcetera’s first offering to be made available through the NJATC is an arc-flash safety training program entitled Electrical Safety Sim: Low Voltage.  The NJATC is currently negotiating licensing fees that will allow our local JATCs to access this bleeding-edge training program.  Electrical workers in the United States experience one fatality and fifteen arc-flash incidents resulting in burn injuries every day.  Fifty percent of these accidents involve equipment operating at less than 600 volts.  The purpose of this new program from Etcetera is to drastically lower those figures by developing safer work habits.  This interactive program is OSHA and NFPA 70E compliant, with all arc-flash calculations based on the IEEE 1584 Standard.  The NJATC envisions this highly effective training program being used to train Journeymen, Apprentices, Construction Wiremen/Electricians and Signatory Contractors. 

Here’s what NJATC Director of Codes and Standards, Palmer Hickman, had to say about the Etcetera program: “The Etcetera Edutainment Low Voltage Simulator takes electrical safety to a new level. The program provides the user with the unique ability to incorporate standards-based knowledge with a simulated task-based environment. The "worker" is empowered to make his or her own decisions and get immediate feedback on the outcome.”

The NJATC will be hosting a webinar on December 15th to introduce this new game-based simulation training program.  Stay tuned, we will be announcing details for webinar participation later this week.

About Etcetera Edutainment

Workplace training games and simulations are proven tools to help increase skills and improve knowledge retention. Ask the military, aviation trainers, and medical schools just how important simulations and game-based training are to delivering learning experiences that have a long term positive impact on performance. Now, those same capabilities can be delivered to everyday safety training and other workplace learning experiences – game-based training and simulations for workplace safety.

At Etcetera Edutainment, we’re committed to providing deeper learning experiences to safety training for every day jobs by applying simulation and videogame technologies and design techniques to workplace training. We offer ready-to-use, regulation-based safety training modules as well as custom developments, through our EE Studios, for industrial safety, healthcare and education, and audience-driven crowd games.

About the NJATC

The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of NECA and the IBEW; providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible. Since its inception, more than 350,000 apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest training and apprenticeship programs of its kind. For more information, go to www.njatc.org.

About NECA

NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org.

About The IBEW

The IBEW is an international labor organization that has trained the most qualified electricians in the trade for more than 117 years.  With approximately 725,000 members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Republic of Panama, the IBEW has members in construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government. For more information, visit www.ibew.org

 

Signamax Connectivity Systems’ new Industrial Ethernet media converter

Signamax Connectivity Systems’ new 065-1896SFPTB 10/100/1000BaseT/TX to 1000Base SFP slot Industrial Ethernet media converter has been developed to allow both Gigabit Ethernet and legacy 10/100BaseT/TX twisted-pair Ethernet devices to communicate over multimode fiber optic cable at Gigabit Ethernet speed in harsh industrial environments that require ruggedized equipment that can operate in severe temperature extremes. These media converters are an affordable solution for outdoor environments, transportation roadside systems, shop floors, and other harsh environments where consistent operation at temperature extremes of -40°F to 176°F (-40°C to 80°C) is necessary. These media converters are compact, plug-and-play devices that do not require complex user setup, but also have the manual setting features necessary to adjust to unusual operating conditions.

KEY FEATURES

Ÿ         Supports legacy 10/100BaseT/TX equipment as well as 1000BaseT equipment for Gigabit Ethernet fiber optic extension.

Ÿ         Meets NEMA TS1/TS2 environmental requirements such as temperature, shock, and vibration for traffic control equipment.

Ÿ         Meets EN61000-6-2 & EN61000-6-3 EMC Generic Standard Immunity for industrial environment.

Ÿ         DIP switch configuration for link-fault-pass-through, fiber auto/force mode, and port link down alarm.

Ÿ         4096 MAC addresses, 2.75M bits buffer memory.

Ÿ         Supports 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab/802.3z/802.3x. Auto-negotiation and Auto MDI/MDIX.

Ÿ         SFP socket for Gigabit fiber optic expansion.

Ÿ         Alarms for power and port link failure by relay output.

www.signamax.com

 

Fiber-to-the-Home Council Reacts to FCC Vote on Internet Access

WASHINGTON, DC - Daniel O'Connell, President of the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council - a non-profit organization of 250 companies and organizations dedicated to expanding the deployment of all-fiber, next-generation networks - made the following statement in reaction to today's vote by the FCC to adopt new regulations to prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against content and applications, subject to reasonable network management: 

"With today's vote to adopt open internet access rules, the FCC appears to have constructed a temporary truce, striking a rough balance between the interests of users and broadband providers.  While the Fiber-to-the-Home Council will reserve further comment pending a detailed understanding of the Order and its implications for our members, we are hopeful that the Commission and other policymakers will now turn their full attention to fostering investment and innovation in the telecommunications and broadband industries.  Americans are clamoring for high-performance, next-generation broadband so that they can access the emerging services and applications that are so critical to their economic future and quality of life."

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council
Now in its tenth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible.  The Council organizes North America's largest annual FTTH event, the FTTH Conference & Expo, which will be held September 26 - 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.   More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

 

TIA Launches Premier Member ICT News & Analysis Web Channel

Telecommunications Industry Association and Leading Online ICT News Organization Build Innovative, Original
Web Video News and Analysis Service for Tech Community

Arlington, Va. – The information and communications technology (ICT) community has a new, authoritative resource for industry news and analysis: TIA Now.

The new online multimedia channel is the brainchild of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). Produced in association with Decisive Media, owner of TelecomTV, TIA Now will feature original daily news and informational programming along with in-depth features that tap into the ICT thought leaders who are blazing new, innovative trails for the industry.

TIA Now programming will include:

  • "ICT in 2" – A daily two-minute summary of the day’s ICT major topical headline news
  • "ICT Review" – A weekly program with balanced coverage of technology, market and regulatory moves of the week, helping industry leaders gain important insight in under 10 minutes
  • "From the Top" – Interviews and presentations with top-level ICT industry managers
  • "D.C. Beat" – Interviews with politicos, lobbyists, regulators, policymakers and TIA commentators on the latest news from Washington
  • "Markets in Motion" – Analysis of new demands from the marketplace and how industry players are responding with change and choice for consumers and enterprises

Featured guests currently on TIA Now:

  • Tim Harden, AT&T President for Supply Chain and Fleet Operations
  • George Arnold, NIST National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability

TIA Now will also feature video roundtable discussions and Webinars – on topics such as broadband regulation – as well as global news content provided by TelecomTV.

"Our mission is to create a robust, informative and innovative platform to serve TIA members and the industry at large," said TIA President Grant Seiffert. "We are uniquely positioned, with access to the best minds in ICT. We feel it is our duty to share the depth and breadth of this knowledge base to advance global communications."

TIA Now

"It is wonderful to ally with TIA to bring innovative best practices in web technologies and top programming to their members and the global industry," said Sean Carr, CEO of Decisive Media. "TIA is a trusted steward of our industry and we look forward to working closely with them to deliver greater value and services."

View TIA Now at http://www.tianow.org.

About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.

Join TIA at its new annual industry event - TIA 2011: Inside the Network - at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, May 17-20, 2011.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit tiaonline.org.

TIA's Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, AttivaCorp, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Inc., GENBAND, Inc., Henkels & McCoy, ILS Technology, Intel Corporation, Intersect, Inc., LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, OneChip Photonics, Openwave, Inc., Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Powerwave Technologies, Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, Tyco Electronics, Ulticom, Inc., Walker and Associates and WirefreeCom, Inc. Advisors to the Board include FAL Associates and Telcordia Technologies.

 

FCC Names Telecommunications Industry Association Representative to Sit on New Emergency Access Advisory Committee

The Committee Is Focused on Next Generation 911 Access for Persons With Disabilities

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday released a Public Notice announcing the membership roster for the Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) that includes a Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) representative.

TIA is pleased that David Dzumba, Senior Manager, Accessibility, at Nokia, has been appointed to serve on the EAAC as a co-chair, along with Richard Ray, City of Los Angeles Department of Disability, on behalf of TIA and the Mobile Manufacturers Forum.

The EAAC is an advisory committee required by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 to focus on matters pertaining to next-generation 911 access for persons with disabilities.

A total of 32 members were appointed to the committee, representing the following interests:

  • Persons with disabilities and researchers – 11 members
  • Communication service providers – 7 members
  • State and local emergency responders and emergency subject matter technologies – 6 members
  • Vendors, developers and manufacturers of systems, facilities and equipment – 3 members
  • Federal agencies – 3 members
  • Industry organizations – 2 members

"We're pleased that the FCC recognized how beneficial input from TIA and industry representatives is to the important work of the committee," said Danielle Coffey, TIA Vice President for Government Affairs. "TIA is committed to improving access to emergency communications for persons with disabilities."

The first meeting of the EAAC will be held on January 14, 2011 at the FCC, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Later meetings will be held on the second Friday of every month during 2011.

The FCC's Public Notice is available online at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2318A1.pdf

About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.

Join TIA at its new annual industry event - TIA 2011: Inside the Network - at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, May 17-20, 2011.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit tiaonline.org.

 

Trailer Dog Inc Introduces Its New Patented Security System for Mobile and Offsite Assets

This new security system brings together ease of installation, GPS, telecommunications, and solar powered technology to create a customized security solution tailored to fit every need.

The price of tools continue to spiral up as the tasks and time to use them becomes more efficient. Tools like the Fluke Networks  DTX CableAnalyzer can do more than test functions than ever before and do it in a fraction of the time. www.flukenetworks.com  The full DTX package can cost more than TEN GRAND. You have to protect these investments on the jobsite. If you think jobsite theft isn’t a problem, try to Google the issue and you will be amazed at how wide spread the theft problem has become. Just blink and your gear is gone.

York, PA- Trailer Dog, Inc. has unleashed a new, state of the art product, bringing customers a full line of patented security systems for any mobile asset.

For many, the theft of valuable contents not only carries the monetary loss, but there is also the headache and stress associated with filling out insurance forms, filing police reports and replacing what was stolen. Whatever you are hauling – boats, campers, motorcycles, ATVs or a trailer to tow your tools and equipment back and forth from the jobsite – you need to make sure it is theft- proof.

Some preventative tools, like chains and locks, make the process of stealing your tow-behind much more difficult. However, the reality is that with just one snip of a chain cutter, the thief can be off with some, if not all, of your belongings. Additionally, some determined thieves simply hitch your trailer to their vehicle and tow everything away to a remote site where they pillage through your belongings and then leave your trailer abandoned and destroyed. www.trailerdog.com Tell Santa that you want one.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Matt VonStein at matthew@trailerdog.com.

 

Waste Management Joins BOMA International as Cornerstone Partner

(WASHINGTON—Dec. 15, 2010) Waste Management, the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America, has announced that it will join the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International’s Partnership Program.  As a Cornerstone Partner, Waste Management pledges to support BOMA’s vital programs in advocacy, education, research and membership at the highest level.

BOMA International´s Partnership Program, developed in 2004, allows companies to invest in their own success and viability, as well as that of the industry. With three levels of participation—Cornerstone Partner, Leadership Circle Partner and Supporting Partner—the program demonstrates the commitment of leading organizations to support BOMA International with the resources to advance its advocacy, education and research initiatives that benefit the entire commercial real estate industry. “We are pleased to welcome Waste Management to our partnership program and look forward to a fruitful relationship,” said BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “Their involvement will allow us to continue to provide top-notch programming and resources to our membership.”

“We are excited to strengthen our relationship with BOMA and its members,” added Scott Stadelman, vice president commercial property for Waste Management.  “Our partnership will enhance our ability to offer commercial real estate professionals innovative, turnkey environmental solutions to meet their sustainability needs.”

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About BOMA International

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 17,000-plus members own or manage more than 9 billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at www.boma.org.

About Waste Management

Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.

 

WESCO Completes Acquisition of TVC Communications

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE:WCC - News), a leading provider of electrical and industrial MRO products, construction materials, and advanced integrated supply procurement outsourcing services, today announced that WESCO Distribution, Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of TVC Communications, L.L.C. (TVC) for a purchase price of $246.5 million, subject to certain adjustments.  TVC is a leading distributor of broadband communications network infrastructure products serving the cable, telecommunications and satellite industries.

Mr. John J. Engel, WESCO's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "WESCO's data communication product sales are approximately $1 billion after the acquisition of TVC Communications. We believe the long term growth potential in data communications is very attractive and we are well positioned for continued growth.  As previously stated, we anticipate the TVC acquisition will be immediately accretive and estimate an improvement to WESCO's 2011 diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.30 or more."

About WESCO:
WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE:WCC - News) is a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, whose primary operating entity is WESCO Distribution, Inc.  WESCO Distribution is a leading distributor of electrical construction products and electrical and industrial maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, and is the nation's largest provider of integrated supply services.  2009 annual sales were approximately $4.6 billion.  The Company employs approximately 6,100 people, maintains relationships with over 17,000 suppliers, and serves over 100,000 customers worldwide.  Major markets include commercial and industrial firms, contractors, government agencies, educational institutions, telecommunications businesses and utilities.  WESCO operates seven fully automated distribution centers and approximately 380 full-service branches in North America and select international markets, providing a local presence for area customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.

About TVC:  For more than 50 years, TVC Communications, L.L.C.  has been providing integrated business solutions to the broadband telecommunications industry. Whether a network uses fiber optic cable, twisted pair or coaxial cable, TVC offers the technical products and supportive services to help its customers understand and meet their communications goals in the US, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America.  Backed by close working relationships with top manufacturers and a deep understanding of the applications and technology behind the products it sells, TVC has proven itself to be a valued partner to both the broadband cable and telecommunications industries.

 

Well that’s all for this year. Happy New Year.


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